Monthly Archives: August 2012

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.

10 Things Brits Need to Know About U.S. Politics

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 …

10 Things Americans Love About Brits

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 …

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.

Tipping in America: How To Do It and What To Expect If You Don’t

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.