Articles Categorized as 'Cultural Differences'

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8 Aspects of British Life I Came to Forget

It is common knowledge among regular readers of Mind the Gap that we Brits do like to reminisce about the things we miss from back home. However, there are perhaps just as many aspects of British life that—instead of filling our minds with longing—escape our minds entirely. It isn’t necessarily that these elements conjure up […]

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7 Differences Between American and British Pubs

It’s no coincidence that British soap operas are almost always centered around the local drinking establishment. For the pub is so deeply engrained in Britain’s sense of community, such an intrinsic part of the culture, that for those who leave her shores no adequate replacement can ever be found. Sure, America has its fair share […]

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Brits in America: 7 Written Communication Pitfalls to Avoid

It’s accepted that we have British English and American English, but, in written communication, there’s more than just language differences. Especially in a professional environment, Brits in America need to learn to write like the natives. Why? It’s so easy to convey the wrong meaning or tone with the written word, and using British English […]

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5 British Christmas Words and Phrases Not Widely Used in the U.S.

As if getting to grips with a multitude of new Christmas customs wasn’t already a challenge for Brits in America, the language of Christmas is equally complex. Indeed, when I first moved to the United States in the winter of 2008, I became almost immediately the source of light-hearted ridicule for wording my festive greetings […]

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10 Words and Phrases That Cause Confusion Between Brits and Americans

There are many opportunities for linguistic confusion between Brits and Americans—slang, Southern slang and pronunciations can all cause blank looks, but there’s a whole category of words poised to confuse, of which we’re often not aware. Chat up In the U.K., this verb means “to hit on” or “talk flirtatiously” with someone. In the U.S. […]

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Two Single British Women on Dating in New York City

If you’re under 35 and female, you probably came of age unhealthily obsessed with everything (and everyone) the Sex and the City crew did. But things have changed a bit since Carrie and Samantha were NYC’s queen bees. Mind The Gap caught up with two single British women who know their way around the modern […]

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5 British Sports Traditions You Won’t Find in the U.S.

Anyone who has spent time in the United States will understand that the country rightly prides itself on its own sports. NFL dominates the sporting landscape, while its predecessor, rugby, enjoys only limited popularity; instead of cricket, baseball is preferred; and while soccer is certainly growing here, you’re still more likely to hear about basketball’s […]

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Brits in America: Which U.S. Sport Is For You?

Small talk in America is a lot like small talk in Britain; it tends to center around sports and weather. So if you’re a sports fan moving to the U.S., you may want to take at least a passing interest in one of America’s favorite pastimes. Otherwise, all you’ve got is cloud forms. Here’s our […]

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‘Why’s It Called the World Series?’: 6 FAQs from Brits in America

Obviously, every Brit’s experience in the U.S. is different, but there are a few questions most of us have, at least when we first arrive. (Not necessarily a criticism, by the way, just different.) No metric? While the majority of the civilized world has embraced all things metric, Americans are still dealing in gallons, inches […]

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