Languages › English as a Second Language The 6 Best Books for Cultural Understanding in the USA of 2020 Share Flipboard Email Print Languages Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated November 15, 2019 Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. Any ESL student knows a simple fact: speaking English well does not mean you understand the culture. Communicating effectively with native-speakers requires much more than just good grammar, listening, writing and speaking skills. If you work and live in an English-speaking culture, you also need to understand the society from a cultural point of view. These books are designed to give this insight into the culture in the United States of America. Communicating in the Real World Buy on Amazon This is a great book for those who need to find a job in the USA. It discusses work-place attitudes and how those attitudes and practices affect language use. This book is rather serious, but for the serious business of finding a job, it does wonders. 101 American Customs Buy on Amazon The goal of this book is to understand US culture through their customs. Customs including Thanksgiving, sending birthday cards, and much more. This book takes a humorous approach to understanding US culture through customs. 101 American Superstitions Buy on Amazon Similar to 101 American customs, this book takes a humorous approach to understanding US culture by examining its superstitions. Oxford Guide to British and American Culture for Learner's of English Buy on Amazon A learner's guide to culture is a great starting point to exploring British and American culture. If you have lived in one country, you might find the comparisons particularly interesting. Introduction to American Studies Buy on Amazon This book is not for everyone. However, if you are studying US culture at a university level, this might be the book for you. The book provides an in-depth guide to American studies through fourteen interdisciplinary essays. Spotlight on the USA Buy on Amazon Spotlight on the USA by Randee Falk provides an interesting look at the various regions in the US written especially for English learners. Each chapter explores a section of the United States such as New England, The South, the West, etc. and gives detailed information on local customs, idiomatic language as well as providing exercises at the end of each chapter.