Why is America unique among countries

50 things we love about America

Land of the free, home of the brave, and probably the most popular country on earth. Here are 50 things we love about the United States of America (that's one reason per star on the American flag, by the way), in any order:

1. The Superbowl Sunday

The annual game for the championship in American football is more than just a gigantic sporting event. At halftime, the football game turns into one of the biggest and most watched concerts in the world, which in the past has been played by musicians such as Beyonce, Prince, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga.

2. The flag

Nobody loves their country as much as the Americans - and nobody else shows it so clearly and willingly. The flag with the "Stars & Stripes" you will discover it everywhere: in the front yard of many houses, as stickers on the bumpers of cars, on caps, cupcakes and, since 1969, even on the moon.

Did you know that five of the six flags that were rammed into the ground on the moon are still there today? However, they have now lost all their color.

3. AOC & RBG

Two admirable female role models from very different generations. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (aka AOC) is a young New York Congresswoman whose confident demeanor and clear words are making waves in Washington (and making headlines across the country), while Ruth Bader-Ginsburg (aka RBG) is a veteran Supreme Court judge and an icon of the women's rights movement.

4. Churros

Okay, this treat isn't an American invention, but you can find it on the dessert menu of many restaurants all over the States.

And we are very grateful to the unknown genius who invented and / or distributed these fried sticks made of soft, warm batter. Churros are dipped in sugar, cinnamon, chocolate sow or a combination of all three and they just taste very good!

5. The national parks

Due to the size and expanse of the country, you can find every imaginable landscape on earth here, even if you sometimes have to drive very far: from the world-famous Grand Canyon to the snow-capped mountains of the Rocky Mountains or the thousands of miles of beautiful coastline.

These natural wonders are spread across a total of 58 national parks that have been established to ensure that future generations can also enjoy the impressive, unspoiled nature.

6. Starbucks

Seriously, where would we be without the coffee chain? The first Starbucks store opened its doors in Seattle in 1971 and the brand has grown to become one of the most popular coffee shops in the world.

The company even came up with their own words for cup sizes, which of course we all dutifully learned by heart. I'm going to order a Venti Latte now, what do you want?

7. Broadway

The famous street full of theaters in New York is still one of the best places in the world to see a stage show.

8. Hollywood, Los Angeles

The entire film industry owes it to Hollywood that it is so successful today, because talent, technology and special effects were developed and promoted here.

Off to Hollywood if you want to spot real stars on the street, go shopping or drink a healthy, green detox smoothie.

9. The cultural diversity

Americans accept and celebrate diversity because it is in their genes: most Americans can trace their ancestors back to Europe, Africa, Latin America or Asia and have therefore understood that without this diverse heritage they would not have become the nation they are today are.

10. Supersize - the giant sizes for everything

Whether it's the 64-ounce mug for cold drinks (that's an insane amount, namely half a gallon or 1.89 liters) or sandwiches that are six feet long for the American food industry Obviously nothing is 'too big' at all.

11. The sport

America is the home of professional sport from which National Football League (NFL) over Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) through to National Hockey League (NHL), and there is hardly anything that Americans love more than their teams, which they clearly support with jerseys, caps, stickers and flags.

12. The coast

We can't stop raving about the beautiful coastline. Imagine getting a little golden tan in the bright sunshine before turning night into day on a language trip to Miami Beach or looking for whales off the coast of California.

Imagine eating fresh lobster rolls on a restaurant deck overlooking the ocean in Maine or riding the world's best waves in Hawaii. There's no doubt about it: America has some of the most beautiful stretches of coast in the world.

13. The festivals

There is the strange creativity that takes place every year at Burning Man in the Nevada desert, the revival of the roots of jazz at the Jazz Fest in Louisiana, or the sun-kissed stages of the Coachella Festival.

America offers the right music festival for every taste.

14. American television

Saturday Night Live, Greys Anatomy, The Simpsons, Der Bachelor, Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Parks & Recreation, FRIENDS ... whichever genre you prefer, your list of the best TV series and shows is likely to have quite a few American productions. If you enjoy spending your free time with Netflix, you can find our recommendations here and here if you want to improve your English at the same time.

15. The friendly people

It really doesn't matter whether you're queuing at the checkout in the supermarket, jumping on the subway just in time before the doors close, or enjoying the first bite of your pancakes for breakfast in the diner on the corner: the chances are It's very good that someone here smiles at you in a friendly manner and starts a conversation.

16. The possibilities

Are you looking for an internship abroad, a job or an excellent college after graduating from high school? In America you will find tons of opportunities and opportunities for your career start or your higher education.

17. The history of American music ...

Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole, Michael Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday - American musicians have made a big contribution in this area, have written music for the whole world, created genres, developed them further and redefined them again and again.

18.… and their presence

Don't even try to deny it: these musicians are almost all on your Spotify playlist, right? Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Eminem, Madonna, Nick Jonas (and the rest of the Jonas Brothers), John Legend, Kurt Cobain, Adam Levine, John Mayer, Pharrell Williams ... We could go on forever carry on like this, don't you?

19. Disney

There are the sprawling theme parks in Florida and the countless classic films that have enriched and enchanted our childhoods - Disney has made children and adults happy for ages, more precisely since the studio's first feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which appeared in 1937 American cinemas came.

20. NASA

Space is cool. Watching a rocket launch into space is even cooler. And to be able to explore the NASA launch facility in Florida from the inside is incredibly cool, because the world's leading astrophysicists and aeronautical engineers work here and make space research possible.

It doesn't get any cooler than this.

21. Bagels

America's fascination with these clusters of carbohydrates has given the world some of the tastiest sandwiches and sweet treats since the bread roll was invented. For breakfast we recommend a toasted raisin and cinnamon bagel, for lunch a bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese, and in the evening a rainbow bagel, which of course has to be photographed for Instagram.

22. Winter sports

America is home to some of the best ski resorts in the world, including famous locations like Aspen, Breckenridge, Squaw Valley, Jackson Hole, Alta-Snowbird, Stevens Pass, Stowe and many more. There are so many great slopes that even the hardest-working deep snow enthusiast can hardly ski all of them.

23. The Silicon Valley

One of the world's leading and largest centers for technology and innovation is located in the south of San Francisco. For example, Facebook, Apple, Google, Tesla and Visa are based here. This corporate hotspot is the declared goal of all enterprising minds who want to collaborate with others and create something new.

24. Peanut butter

The heavenly combination of chocolate and peanut butter is as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup while the “healthier” alternative is called PBJ: a peanut butter and jam sandwich. You definitely have to try both.

25. The Great Lakes

As wonderful as they are gigantic, these five interconnected lakes on the border between the United States and Canada represent the world's largest freshwater area and at the same time offer countless opportunities to spend your days boating, swimming, kayaking or fishing.

26. Ranch dressing

A real American invention and probably the most delicious salad dressing there is (buttermilk & herbs!). This flavor is so popular in the United States that a surprisingly large number of different ranch-flavored foods can be found in stores. Including a ranch flavored lemonade. Only for the brave.

27. Regional accents

Americans pride themselves on the multitude of regional accents, from the stretched pronunciation in the south, for example in Mississippi and Louisiana, to the nasal arts in Texas and the lighthearted accent and slang that is typical of California.

28. Meghan Markle

America's gift to the UK and probably the best thing that could have happened to the British royal family - though we admit that Prince Williams' three cute little kids aren't bad either.

29. Costco

A shopping paradise for registered members only, where you can buy everything in bulk and in large quantities. Popular with large families and all those who simply cannot get by with one or two bottles of ranch dressing long enough, but have to take twelve home with them.

30. Everything with Pumpkin Spice

You know the festive fall season has begun when all of a sudden you only see photos of Pumpkin Spice Lattes (also called PSL). Not unlike our gingerbread spice, only with an additional pumpkin flavor.

And of course, Starbucks is responsible for making this flavor known around the world.

31. Pumpkin carving

Why are Americans so into pumpkins? The stuff is not only delicious in cakes and drinks, the large vegetables (botanically speaking, it's more like fruit) also look fantastic when given a creepy face on Halloween: the pumpkin is hollowed out and a grimace carved into it, then one comes along Put the candle in and the so-called is ready Jack O’Lantern.

32. Beyoncé & Jay-Z

This powerhouse of a couple dominates not only musically in the fields of R&B and hip hop, but also in fashion, modern art and even the civil rights movement. If America had a king and queen, these two would wear the crown.

33. Reality TV

From talent shows like American Idol (our DSDS is an offshoot of it) or The Voice, in which so many superstar careers began, right up to the BachelorAmerica has pioneered reality TV and served the rest of the world with a new, ruthless, hilarious, completely over-the-top television concept that hardly anyone admits to watching. Thank you for that ... or not?

34th Thanksgiving

Is it still so long until Christmas? The United States has the popular Thanksgiving a month in advance! This holiday is an opportunity to sit down with the family and loved ones at the same table without having to give each other big presents. The day is all about the turkey roasted in the oven (or the vegan roast as an alternative), there is also Pumpkin Pie and cranberry sauce.

35. Shopping madness on Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year and there are big discounts both online and in-store. The triumphant advance of online shopping has meant that the offers are no longer limited to Friday (you all have from Cyber ​​Monday heard, right ?!), but still remains Black Friday the day most Americans shop like crazy.

36.Bbq

Even if the concept of grilling originated in the Caribbean, there is hardly anything more typical of the United States today than a barbecue in the garden. All you need is burgers, cold drinks and a few friends with whom you can grill together.

37. Target

Another shopping temple and especially popular with the younger generation: Here you will find things that you have seen on Pinterest, everything fits together perfectly, and you can take every device, every outfit, every lamp and every shower curtain you have ever dreamed of have - and all the things that you didn't even know you needed!

38. The nature

Sprawling farms, mountain ranges, green hills, plains and pastureland, deserts, lakes and rivers: America really has everything your heart desires. You can spend your entire life exploring the natural wonders of the United States and still end up feeling like you've only seen a fraction of what the country has to offer.

39. Road trips

Is there anything more American than a trip in a used convertible? You and your friends get in the car and then you just walk down the street, out into the distance, while the airstream ruffles your hair ...

40. July 4th and the fireworks

We already mentioned the barbecue. On July 4th, the American national holiday, there is one almost everywhere, with decorations in the colors of the flag, i.e. red, white and blue, and when it is dark, the fireworks rockets are shot into the sky.

41. The Smithsonian Museums

The world's largest museum complex, a true Mecca for education and culture, made up of 19 museums and a zoo. A must-have when you are in Washington D.C. are, and is a real gift to humanity.

42. Everything Drive through called

Americans love their cars - and accordingly have found a way to do almost anything without even having to get out. In Las Vegas you can get married in a drive-through chapel, there is also Dunkin 'donuts Driving through and even grocery shopping can be done conveniently from the driver's seat.

43. Michelle Obama

Make way, Barack. The former first lady is undeniably more popular than her husband today, and she is as glamorous as she is approachable. Everyone would like to be like Michelle!

44. Chicken & Waffles at Amy Ruth’s in Harlem, New York City

If you're in New York you should Amy Ruth’s definitely pay a visit and this classic the Soul food-Try the kitchen, because ‘Chicken & Waffles’ warm the heart and are delicious. (You are new to the fact that they combine chicken with waffles? Now you have to try this combination!)

45th high school

Cheerleaders, football teams, glee clubs and proms - the American high school days we saw in film and television are unique and, in many ways, the clearest expression of the place the community has in American life and culture. You do things together and that way you create community.

46. ​​Universities of Ivy League

Harvard is usually at the top of global rankings of the best universities in the world - and there are certainly reasons for that. The university is famous and notorious for the fact that it is very difficult to get a place and get accepted.

Not only does it offer a fantastic education, but it also enjoys a worldwide reputation. Do you think Harvard is not for you? There are a number of other world-class universities in the United States, including Princeton, Stanford, Yale, MIT, and Columbia. We'll also tell you how you will be accepted at one of them.

47. Stand-up comedy

A form of live entertainment invented in the United States and masterfully run by famous comedians like Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, and Amy Schumer. This form of entertainment is now firmly established on Netflix and appears as a Netflix special regularly in the program. Numerous comedians who later became successful actors have earned their spurs here, including Zach Galifianakis, Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.

48. The Tex-Mex cuisine

The family cuisine of Mexican-American Americans in Texas has produced so many delicious dishes that are resonating around the world. Nachos, burritos and fajitas are among them. All of this is Tex-Mex and simply delicious!

49. Air conditioning

You may have air conditioning at home, or at least you know it from shops or offices near you, but in the United States, air conditioning is a given almost everywhere. At home, in the car, in the office, in shops, at airports, it doesn't matter: when it's hot or even warm outside, Americans ensure that it is pleasantly cool or arctic cold inside.

50. Meal delivery services

Drive-throughs are very convenient, but a small car driving the streets of Los Angeles with a trunk full of pizzas makes your dinner even more convenient. Whether Chinese, Mexican, pizza, hamburgers or sushi - there is hardly anything that is not delivered hot and fresh to your home on request.

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