Articles Tagged 'Editor's Pick'

10 American Places Every Brit Should Visit

Before you shout us down, we realize there are hundreds — possibly thousands — of must-see sites in the U.S. But it’s a vast country and expats only have so many weekends and vacation days to go exploring. So we’ve whittled it down to a few hot spots. New York At some point everyone should […]

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10 Ways for Brits to Integrate Into America More Quickly

Get down with the lingo, befriend some locals and read a paper: these are just some of the tricks that will help ease your U.S. assimilation. 1. Learn how baseball and “football” work Being able to hold your own in conversations about the sports Americans hold dear will make you feel like less of an […]

10 American Public Holidays Brits Should Know

As you may have noticed, Americans like to work hard and play hard. Just as well really, since the amount of public holidays here is less than Brits are used to – though you will get some new ones. As the U.S. eases into the Labor Day weekend, here’s a rundown of America’s equivalent to […]

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12 Ways to Speak and Spell Like an American

Working as a journalist in Los Angeles, I often read requests for people who can speak and understand “British English” or “American English” – but what does that mean? As a new arrival in the U.S.A. you will notice that some things are different – and sometimes very different. 1. Swaps Thanks to modern communication, […]

10 Things Americans Say… and What They Really Mean

  When it comes to the spoken word, Americans are a truly baffling bunch. So we’ve decoded their most irritating idioms. 1. When an American shop assistant says, “Have a nice day!” Translation: “Honestly, I don’t care what kind of day you have. But please tell my manager I was friendly so I get extra […]

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10 Tips for Cheap Airfares from the U.S. to the U.K.

Airfares have shot up in recent years, largely because of increased taxes and fuel charges. We are all feeling the impact of the recession and want to save money. So the pressure is more intense than ever to find the cheapest flights between the U.K. and U.S. A dozen scheduled airlines fly to the U.S. […]

10 Things That Will Make a Homesick Brit Sob – and How To Cope

Longing for your native land and its people is one of the biggest strains of resettling abroad. And homesickness can strike hours, days, months or even years after you first hop aboard a plane without a return ticket. Here are just a few things that might make you mourn for good old Blighty.    1. Strangers […]

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10 Ways to Make Friends and Influence People in the U.S.

Want to avoid a lot of long nights sobbing into TV dinners for one? Here’s how to make fast friends in America. 1. Get baking It’s written in our DNA (or if it’s not, it should be) to like people who give us food. But if you’re going to spread the edible love, make sure […]

A Brit’s Guide to the Fourth of July

Until I moved to Los Angeles I was only vaguely aware of “the Fourth”, and I’m sure there are plenty of Brits new to the U.S. who know little more than the fact that it’s a big public holiday and has something to do with the war against the British. But what does it celebrate, […]

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