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Level Up Your English. Improve Communication. Learn about the U.S. and American Culture, too!

The Culture Gaps Blog is packed with stories and essential tips, tools and advice for visitors to the U.S. and permanent residents.



Coming Soon: The Wellness Manager

What would you do in an emergency? You could be traveling internationally or domestically. You could be comfortable at home or busy at work. It could happen to anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.

Time is our most valuable resource in an emergency. Are you prepared?

Get ready, before you're behind.


Get the Lowdown on the United States with My U.S. Resources

Learn about the U.S. Federal Government, the 50 states, American people, U.S. systems and formats, including movie, TV and game ratings. Plus, listen to America-themed playlists on Apple Music or browse the goods 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.