September 19, 2021

25 thoughts on “First Impressions of the USA | Expats View | Moving From South Africa To America | Family Vlog

  1. I regret that I, like a lot of Americans, did not grow up with an extended family. My Grandparents lived in Michigan while we lived in Indiana. So at most we might have seen them twice a year. I really wish I had gotten the chance to get my Mom's Father better and that he lived longer because he was such a cool person. But Americans tend to move where the jobs are rather than stay together in the same place. Currently my immediate family live in California, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Florida. It is almost impossible for us to get together. That is just our parents and siblings. Forget about children and grandchildren. Everyone is pretty much everywhere at that point. Which means they are largely strangers after only one or two generations. I find that sad.

  2. One of the greatest things about my having lived in Hawaii was sometime I'd be in a meeting and their were say, 12 people. Each of them with a different accent. It was fun for me to learn to listen and understand them all 🙂

  3. I understand the accent issue. I have been fortunate in that I have traveled all over the USA and have met people from all over the world. I take the time to listen carefully and if I don't quite get what they are saying, try to understand the context. Also to try to understand the accent, and know how to ask, "Do you mean…" The latest example I guess is an Indian coworker who was saying, "opp-eye-dees", or "Op IDs". I worked out that he was trying to say, "Opioids". He had never seen the word or heard it before in any context. We both work in the Healthcare industry which helped me figure out what he was trying to say.

  4. Wow!  You have touched on a topic that is very true about how people construct their families here in America.  I am from NYC, I have met other cultures of people from Asia, Africa and South America and they tend to use their extended family to help raise their children.  Here in America, families move so far apart from each other, a lot of that has to do with opportunities, but the extended family isn't there.  I don't think a lot of people realize how important it is to have help while raising a family.  I am glad you asked me to sub to your channel.  You seem like such an awesome person.  How long have you been in America?

  5. Very interesting video. A fellow South African here. Post more videos which dispel myths about South Africa as some people are really clueless about our country…even though it's one of the most highly visible country brands in the world. Lol at accent…you have an accent similar to my Mum, she's Xhosa&Zulu Zulu. My dad is white German& Afrikaans. Love your channel already…you seems lovely, curious& intuitive so I imagine you will adapt very well in USA

  6. Hi again Doris, just a quick comment on something you said about the extended family in the U.S vs SA. I believe that as countries modernize and seek to become competitive globally you will begin to see changes to the family structure. For example, my mother who is 75 is a retired civil servant. Her pension is sufficient such that she can travel, maintain her home of 30 years, completely support herself and help family members in need. Also, she contributes generously to her Church. All without any assistance from her children or grandchildren. Her medical coverage is particularly good I must say. Her children and grandchildren are really spread out all over the country from the east coast to the west coast due to education and job opportunities and marriages to people from other parts of the country.

    The lifestyle in SA probably remains more traditional in he sense that people lack the mobility to move and resettle into unfamiliar parts of the country. As things evolve and especially when it becomes necessary to have a two income household drastic adjustments to the family structure is inevitable.

    What do you think??

  7. Welcome to you and your family. I think SA loss is our gain. Your observations and opinions seem so honest and well considered. You are extremely articulate and probably well educated. Bye the way I love your accent.
    I have read a lot about SA and much of it not very positive. The media in the US tends to focus on the negative when it come to countries in Africa. I know better though. I have a number of great friends that Ive known form many years from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, etc… many of the English speaking countries of Africa. I've seen the vibrant cultures and amazingly friendly people of many African nations while I was at University. Exceptional students. I live in the Seattle area. I hope you will keep posting video with the same honesty and astute observations about America. We learn so much about ourselves from the observations of people like you. Thanks. God bless you and your family. Max too…; )

  8. Please upload Part 2 of your "first impressions" of the USA?. I would love to work and live in the USA, I love the feel of the country, the fact that its a lot more advanced, it will be great for my little boy. I was an Aupair there many years ago and would some how, some way, love to find a job in the Media field there as I work at Dstv Media here in S.A- I have no idea how to go about looking for a job there & I don't think American companies would really hire ppl from another country just do normal jobs.?? Iv heard they really fussy with immigrants. Please upload part 2 ?

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