It is impolite to begin a meal until everyone is seated. It is also considered impolite to chew food with an open mouth, or to talk while chewing anything.
Americans often order the food they like to eat, separately from the group. If a person has had enough or is full，it is considered impolite to insist on that person having more to eat or drink.
Ⅱ Sample Sentences
1. I’d rather not, really, I’m not used to strong drinks.
2. Shall we have a snack at this coffee shop?
3. We could reserve a window table now.
4. Would you please pass the toothpicks?
5. Let’s toast the arrival of the new baby.
6. Do you prefer your steak rare, medium or well done?
7. Don’t worry about the mess; I will clean it up after the party.
8. Shall we chat a while over a glass of wine before dinner?
9. Would you accept my invitation to a stag party?
10. Can you use chopsticks or would you rather have a knife and fork?
1. Lisa is a Chinese exchange student who is visiting her friend in Chicago.
Tony: Want to send out for some Chinese?
Lisa: Some what?
Tony: Some Chinese food. I'm hungry, and there's a take-out restaurant near here. We can have them deliver and then watch the news on TV while we eat.
Lisa: No, I'd rather go out. The Chinese food here is rather different from what I had at home. Maybe we can try some other food today… What about that all-you-can-eat place we passed the other day, the one over in the shopping center?
Lisa: Is that the place that serves such large portions of meat?
Tony: Yes, their steaks are enormous. Sometimes I can't finish what I've ordered.
Lisa: What if that happens to me? I hate to let food go to waste.
Tony: Don't worry. We'll just get a doggie bag.
Americans hate to waste food. And they can always take their leftovers home without being embarrassed. That’s something we both have in common.