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.
Telling a congressman from a caucus is essential if you want to talk affairs of state in America. And right now you might find yourself doing just that: we’re well into convention season and the presidential election is less than …
We’re a tough bunch to impress, but most Brits secretly admire the burger-munching nation across the Atlantic. Here’s what we like best.
From how we speak to what we eat, the U.S. is mad about everything British.
1. Our accents
As a Brit living in America, I veer between extreme speaking-related self-consciousness – like when I have to ask for budder instead of butter in a restaurant – and believing, thanks to a steady flow of …
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.
We may have invented the English language but that doesn’t mean our version is always understood by those who share our mother tongue.
When it comes to the spoken word, Americans are a truly baffling bunch. So we’ve decoded their most irritating idioms.
Don’t want to be reviled by every waiter in town? Heed our tips on tipping, U.S. style.
1. Am I legally required to tip anywhere in the U.S.?
No. Service charge is always voluntary, even when it’s added to your bill. But if you deduct gratuity from the check, don’t expect it to go down well.
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.