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The USA Pre-Departure Checklist is a fantastic resource that’s loaded with essential travel tips. It’s a must-have for anyone coming to the United States!
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Blog posts are packed with fun and essential information for visitors and immigrants to the United States. Expect problems to be solved, tips aplenty and lots of stories - all targeted at helping you level up your English, improve cross-cultural communication and get competent in American culture.



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Get the Lowdown on the U.S. & Life in America.

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Learn about the U.S. Federal Government, the 50 states, the people that inhabit America, the U.S. systems and formats, including movie, TV and game ratings. Plus, learn English vocabulary, listen to America-themed playlists and browse my favorite digital and physical products for getting started in the USA.

Bridging the Culture Gaps Since 2003


I'm Jeff Shibasaki – explorer, facilitator and functioning introvert (INFP). For more than a decade, I lived abroad and helped everyone from sea gypsies to senior executives learn English, improve cross-cultural communication and bridge the culture gaps. However, when I finally returned to the United States for the first time in over 12 years, my arrival quickly became less of a homecoming and more of an arduous journey called reverse culture shock.