10 Questions Every Brit Expat in America Will Be Asked

How many times a day do you hear this? (Zazzle.com)

The folks here are friendly, inquisitive and oddly fascinated by Brits and British culture, which means I often find myself fielding the following well-intentioned inquiries.

1. Do you know the Queen?
The idea that our head royal is somehow a kindly grandmother to the nation, who makes regular tea dates with her loyal subjects, persists here. Sometimes I tell people I used to take her meals on wheels, so now she follows me on Twitter.

2. Are you Australian?
Americans can confuse our flat vowel sounds with the ones made by Antipodeans. In my experience, West-coasters are far more likely to make the mistake and I’ve no idea why. So far, all the New Yorkers I’ve met have correctly diagnosed my Britishness.

3. My great uncle’s priest moved to Manchester in ‘95 – do you know him?
Because Britain is tiny compared to the U.S. (we’d fit comfortably into Oregon, with room for most of Belgium), some of the less worldly Americans I’ve met assume the population is similarly small, and therefore we must all know each other. Alas, the opposite is true. When I lived in London, I couldn’t even point out my next-door neighbors in a line up.

4. What’s it like living under socialism?
It’s a tricky one, this. Because I’d quite like to reply with a confident: “Splendid, thanks for asking.” But I also don’t want to perpetuate the U.S.-born myth that Britain is a socialist state, just because our doctors will treat your broken toe or cancerous protuberance without sending you a bill afterwards.

5. Can you repeat that please?
The more clearly I think I’m enunciating, the more difficult it is for some people here to understand me. Lately, I’ve started experimenting with squishing my words together and substituting Ts for softer Ds. It’s working quite well.

6. Why’s there an X at the end of your email?
Sadly, I’ve yet to receive a written message from an American sealed with a kiss, but I have received more than one baffled inquiry as to what the X I’ve lovingly typed after my name is there for. A few do the hugs-and-kisses “xoxo” thing, but adding an unadorned kiss — or several in a row — will either confuse an American or make them uncomfortable.

7. Are you here on vacation?
Understandably, American strangers will assume you’re on holiday rather than a U.S. resident. Actually, this can be handy if you don’t like the person you’re talking to and are hoping to avoid future interactions.

8. So, do you like it here more than the U.K.?
Assuming you’ve admitted to being a full-time U.S.-dweller (see previous point), the follow-up question is often something like this. My answer changes depending on what kind of day I’ve had. Ask me after I’ve spent six hours sparring with a call center employee who doesn’t understand what I’m saying no matter how many Ds I substitute for Ts, and I’ll tell you I’m ready to jump on the next plane home. Ask me after a plate of pancakes and bacon, and I’ll pledge allegiance on the spot.

9. What do you miss most from home?
Again, my answer to this changes from minute to minute. Though, quite often I find myself ranting like a lunatic about how I’d happily murder a kitten for a single mouthful of curry that doesn’t taste like vomit laced with cumin (i.e. every Indian meal I’ve ever eaten in the U.S.).

10. Is England near Europe?
Okay, I’ll confess that this isn’t a question I get asked by many American adults. But it’s a regular query from children and teenagers, who also want to know whether I’ve been to Paris, the capital of England.

What question do you get a lot?  

Ruth Margolis

Ruth Margolis

Ruth is a British freelance journalist who recently swapped east London for Brooklyn. She writes about TV for Radio Times and is working on her first novel.

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  • Molly

    Perhaps you are being asked to repeat yourself because the listener simply likes to hear the way you speak. I’ve encountered that.

  • dw

    2. Are you Australian?Americans can confuse our flat vowel sounds with the ones made by Antipodeans.

    From the point of view of an American, an accent from England is quite similar to one from Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. Think about the history of those nations: they were colonized much more recently than the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean, hence their accents have had much less time to diverge. It’s not the “flat vowel sounds” (??) so much as the absence of a consonant sound corresponding to the “R” in words like “barn”, “born” and “burn”.

    In my experience, West-coasters are far more likely to make the mistake and I’ve no idea why. So far, all the New Yorkers I’ve met have correctly diagnosed my Britishness.

    Presumably because of geography.

    • Cathy

      “From the point of view of an American, an accent from England is quite
      similar to one from Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.”

      When I was in England, upon hearing my American accent several Brits asked if I was from Australia. So trying to discern accents must go both ways.

      • Chel

        I went to visit family in Barbados and I got asked by locals if I was English quite a bit, but I’m just like “No, I’m American” hah so I can defiantly understand that accents can get confusing amongst english speaking countries.

        • Will

          Don’t you mean definitely??

    • M

      Because it is New England…. They most likely have common lineage

      • Paul Boudreau

        Sorry, NY State isn’t part of New England. Close, though.

  • jane

    Just once, but jeez — “Scotland? Is that in England?”

    • Shellymd

      I’ve had that so annoying!

    • Fiona

      My Scottish husband was told that Scotland was in Switzerland.

  • expatmum

    It’s not so much the questions I get (but yes, I do get the Australian question as well as the Irish one), but other reactions when I”m speaking.
    I love the glazed-over look; when you know they’re not listening to what you’re saying, only to your accent. Although the listener is usually very complimentary (“I love your accent”) it’s a bit of a pain knowing that I’m going to have to repeat the whole damn sentence once they’ve told me about their friends/relatives in England.
    And the other one is when people start imitating me. I have had this done by friends (natch), neighbors, sales assistants (who don’t even know me), you name it and it never ceases to amaze me. If I spoke with a Brazilian or Bangladeshi accent they probably wouldn’t do this, but being British, it’s fair game.

    • LMJ

      Not everyone does that on purpose, mimicking the accent. Some people automatically start talking like the person they’re listening to. Not consciously, mind, but it does take a conscious effort not to.

      • expatmum

        Unfortunately the ones I’m talking about usually do it in either a Monty Python attempt or something sounding like the Queen straining on the loo. There’s no “unconsciously” about it, otherwise I wouldn’t be so shocked/affronted.

        • MrsFizzy

          Oh brother..well I guess that tells you quickly what people to avoid in the future. :/

  • nappyvalleygirl

    Do you have Thanksgiving/July Fourth/Memorial Day in England? (seriously).

    • kat

      we don’t have thanksgiving or july 4th, we do have a remembrance sunday (aka armistice day), if thats what you’re talking about?

      • MrsFizzy

        Think they were quoting that as silly questions they’ve been asked. Like we do not have Guy Fawkes Day in the US. Why would we?

      • Erik

        I have sometimes heard the response, “of course we have a fourth of July. We just don’t celebrate anything on that day.”

    • Gila Monster

      I normally reply that in England they celebrate Thanksgiving on July 4 – occasionally they realize it is a joke

      • MrsFizzy

        Nice one! :)

      • Debbie

        Me too :-)

    • Cheers, thanks a lot!

      The 4th of July Independence Day holiday is when both Americans and Brits may get drunk, only for opposite reasons.

    • Michele

      To which my British husband would reply, “Absolutely! My American wife always makes a cracking Thanksgiving dinner, and July 4th always comes around the same time every year. And we get TWO Bank Holidays in May, one at the beginning and one at the end.”

  • Kate

    “you could curse up a storm, and still sound cute” – love that one, for f’s sake – haha.

    • dw

      Americans love it when I say “b*stard” :)

  • Kathie

    #3…well, interestingly, often when living or traveling in Europe, when I said I was from the US, I’d get “my uncle moved to Chicago, do you know him.” at the time I’d never even been to Chicago. :)

    • MrsFizzy

      Exactly…this happens everywhere…;)

  • John of Brisbane

    As an Australian recently returned from 7 weeks touring in the southern states I recall being asked if I were Russian! ? When asked if I were British my only response was ” Thankfully, No” ….this always leads to much more interesting conversation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erin.brownbell Erin Elizabeth Brown-Bell

    No–the British accent is different from the Australian…the Scottish, the Irish, etc.

    These questions are all embarrassingly idiotic, yet, they do not surprise me.

  • LMJ

    Can you tell the difference between an Ohio and Illinois accent? What about Georgia and West Virginia?

    If you don’t grow up around it, your ear isn’t trained to recognize it. I can tell the difference, myself, but I taught myself to distinguish them.

    • http://www.withouthavingseen.com Ryan Haber

      Haha! You should come to Maryland. Loads of us out vinegar on our fries. And Old Bay seasoning is a local favorite. You won’t find it anywhere else in stores or restaurants, though, except if you have our crabs shipped in.

      • CamiSu

        Actually Old Bay is available in New England, now. After I bought a REALLY big can!

      • anon

        actually old bay isn’t just a Maryland only item

    • Nic

      Georgia has a drawl, as in pronouncing the state’s name as Jaw-j-ah. West Virginia is weird, they like to add r sounds to words like diarrhea becomes diarrhearer. As for Illinois and Ohio, Yankees all sound the same to me! Lol!

  • http://www.facebook.com/luvmyboys1963 Kathy Saunders

    Don’t feel bad, I am from Georgia and I get asked by those from the north (mainly N.Y.C. and New England) if we have indoor plumbing and am I married to my cousin!! Really! The nerve of some people (I must forgive their ignorance) !

    • jac

      Really….they must have thought you had a sense of humor.

  • TourLady

    When I lived in the UK, I was ALWAYS asked things like “Is Michigan near Disneyworld?” or “Is it true you all carry guns?”

    • just dropping by

      When I visited England and Europe, after telling people that I’m from Chicago, all the responses were “Bang, bang. Dillinger”. Seriously people… he’s dead. Get over it. Or at least upgrade to Blago. Somebody current.

  • Bay Area Indian food lover

    Pardon? :)
    You are kidding about in this article right? Lets assume so… If you can’t find good curry, you need to move out of the boonies… I live in the Bay Area in Northern California and almost all Indian restaurants have their specialities. Of course if you insist they serve you Balti chicken which to my knowledge exists only in the UK, you will get something right out of a bucket! I think most Brits or Europeans for that matter come to the US expecting every average person to be elite and educated…. Sorry but your average Brit from the street wouldn’t know a Tongan accent from a Hawaiian one either!
    I have traveled the world and married to an Englishman and I still cannot understand the many English accents either and neither does my mother in law from the UK!

    This article caters to an oversimplified typically European condescension towards all things American that is bordering on derision.

    • MrsFizzy

      This article is par for the course here.

    • MrsFizzy

      My British parents in law were bitterly complaining about being routed to a call centre in Liverpool and finally hanging up in frustration because they could not understand the first thing they said.

      • Anne

        .<<<is a Scouser…lol

  • Christi

    My English husband once was asked, “What language do they speak in England?” to which he replied, “Latin.”

    • Anne

      I ‘ve had the same….I was told that I speak really good English considering I come from England… Now just what do you say to that?..lol

  • Jessica

    Don’t take no.2 too much to heart. When I visit the UK I am routinely asked if I am Canadian. ;-)

    • AndrewinNH

      On multiple occasions when my wife and I have been visiting in Britain, we’ve been asked whether we are Canadian. When an unusually crass example of Americanis vulgaris is in the immediate area we are quite likely to say “yes.” While I’m US born and bred, I was asked repeatedly in college
      if I was “European,” because I spoke so clearly.

    • MrsFizzy

      When US popularity abroad was at a low as W was about to go to war with Iraq there was a guidebook for Americans on how to pass as Canadian. I was surprised to find at some point when I lived in the UK that several people who didn’t know me well had assumed I was Canadian. I was actually told “You’re too nice to be American.”

      • Nic

        I wish I had that problem! When “I’ed star’ ta’kin’ with meh TIN-ah-see (Tennessee)” accent, all the manners in the world wouldn’t allow me to be mistaken as a Canadian.

    • http://twitter.com/richscrim Rich Scrim

      As the British like to be polite, it makes sense. Americans are usually less offended when mistaken for Canadians than vice-versa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/luvmyboys1963 Kathy Saunders

    I really have a problem when actors try to speak with a “southern ” accent! They hardly ever get it right!,they over do it and it sounds stupid! I have heard Americans actors try to speak with a British accent (not even researching what part of the U.K. that character is from) and very few pull it off!

  • Giuseppe Miceli

    After nearly 4 years, i still get strange looks when i ask for vinegar to put on my steak fries. (in my house they are still Chips & i’m still looking for proper bacon)

  • Giuseppe Miceli

    After nearly 4 years, i still get strange looks when i ask for vinegar to put on my steak fries. (in my house they are still Chips & i’m still looking for proper bacon)

  • http://www.facebook.com/catherine.rosbottom Catherine Rosbottom

    I have been asked if I’ve become an American citizen a lot. To which I usually ask, ” If you lived in Britain, would you become a British citizen?” I’m still a card carrying British passport holder by the way.

    • expatmum

      You can have both.

  • jumbybird

    How about “Why are your teeth so bad”?
    Or “Why does your food suck”?
    “Is it true that you don’t bathe”?

  • Guest

    This is an honest to god statement I was asked, “what language do they speak in England”. I do have to confess that I told him Latin.

  • Miss Jo

    It’s not your t’s for d’s in a word like water, it’s your lack of pronouncing the “er” sound. Y’all say words that end in “er” with an “ah” sound, but when y’all say words that end with an “a”, like Anna, you put the “er” on the end. But still, British accents are charming nevertheless. Work it, baby! People have found my (American) Southern accent charming, too. It’s an asset, for the most part, isn’t it?

    • Shellymd

      I’d love to know where in Britain Anna is pronounced Anner! lol I have to agree with the water bit but I put an “r” in the middle! I am Scottish living in Australia and I am constantly teased by my Australian neice to say “warter” also I call beer, lager (as your meant to cos that’s what it is!) that confuses a lot of foreigners!

    • MrsFizzy

      There are also Southern accents in which the “er” is pronounced “ah”, of course…

    • Will

      “Y’all”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/gistobe Mike Pooler

    As an American who loves so much about the British, I think that MY personal list of what I find quirky about you is better than most lists that you may happen to be reading in your other browser windows. So please, close them immediately! If any of these have not been covered in your articles then I hope I have help. Okay then:

    1. You continue to drive on the left or “weird” side of the road. For my whole life I have not thought about visiting England without also thinking about how I might get into a car and drive off of a cliff while trying to do everything your way. Fix it! Do it our way!

    2. On any BBC TV show, ANY show, whenever people return from a trip and walk into town they always stop everything to appreciate the smell of chips. Is this just a a writing cliche or is it for real? I mean okay our version of this is pie, but our neighbor’s Mom makes those pies!

    3. I only just learned that our pants is your underpants! We wear our underpants UNDER our pants! You wear your pants under your, I don’t know, outerpants? Trousers I suppose. We know that word but never use it.

    Anyway, if I went to the UK I would enjoy the culture almost entirely, except for the very real chances of an underwear pants crisis or a mirror world driving hazard crisis.

    • MaryMary

      Don’t even think about your suspenders, either…

      • Reshma

        or fanny pack, for that matter!

    • MrsFizzy

      Yeah the humour might pose an issue for you too…

    • BluegrassLass

      Eh? In the UK, if you go into a store in the UK asking where the pants are, you’ll be directed to the underwear section. If you want the US ‘pants’ in a UK store, then ask where you can find trousers or denims (jeans).

    • Jo

      About doing everything the American way:
      Well the rest of the world does everything the British way. All countries speak the same English language as the Brits, spell the same way, even their light switches turn on/off the same way as the Brits.
      The US needs “fix it” ! You guys do everything opposite to the rest of the world.

      • Jojo

        I agree! We do most things “our” way and I think it’s just to be different from everybody else.

  • Amy

    Pretty condescending article if you ask me. As an American with a native Midwestern accent who can fool most Brits with severalBritish accents, I can tell you that stupidity exists in all regions and on both sides of the ocean. From, ” You’re from New York, aren’t you?” asked by a.southerner when I was in my natural accent, to,”You have two acres? What do you grow on your farm?” To finding I get better bargains when in a straw market in Nassau, Bahamas if the sellers think I’m British. Stupidity is everywhere. Thankfully, so is intelligence.

    • MrsFizzy

      These article/blogposts on here are always like this. Starts with the assumption that Yanks are stupid so end result will always be the same.

  • UK babe

    I am from London and lived in California for the past 5 years and i still cannot order a glass of water in a restaurant! The waiter/ress never understands me!!! I tried substituting the ‘t’ for a ‘d’ like you mentioned before but still doesn’t work, my husband has to translate for me.
    Also i get people trying to mimmic my accent all the time but they end up sounding like very old school bad cockney like Eliza Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’!!!

    • MrsFizzy

      When I catch my British husband starting to use d’s for t’s I tell him off. We moved here on condition that he not start to sound like an American! Mind you we did have some friends who went to Vegas and she tried repeatedly to buy a bottle of water, please and got nowhere until she said “KinI have a boddleawadderr?”

  • StafCoyote

    Is England near Europe? Won’t that depend on the in-or-out EU referendum the PM has been touting?

    • Will

      No… You mean the European Union. Switzerland, for example, is in Europe, without being in the EU. And we’d still be next-door neighbours with France.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gistobe Mike Pooler

    As an American I should probably say that I’ve never seen nor heard the term “Expat” before this article! I understand it in context to be short for “expatriated” or “ex-patriot”, but that is an exotic word around here, isn’t it? I am smart enough to go look it up at this point, but in person many of us would have to ask probing questions to figure out what it even means. Worse, the entire heartland of this country (the big middle part), uses the word Patriot to mean “loyal to” rather than “subversive toward” America and the American way. Many would hear “ex” and “patriot” and start getting all twitchy.

    • http://www.withouthavingseen.com Ryan Haber

      You never heard that before? Really?

    • Reshma

      There’s no “patriot” in “expat”; it is the abbreviated form of “expatriate”. Look it up! ;)

    • MrsFizzy

      Well you are ignorant, then. There are plenty of Americans in the world living in other countries (shock horror!) and they also refer to themselves as “Expats”.

  • Southern Belle

    im from america and have a very heavy southern draw so it is sometime hard for my british friend to understand me. he once tryied to “correct” me on the way i said a word when i told him i said it correctly the first time he asked me “what lanuage do you speak again?” to which i jokingly replyed “American: the freedom lanuage” :)

    • MrsFizzy

      Now that’s a joke.

  • Southern Belle

    oops language*

  • Maggie may

    Lived in England when I was 17 & 18 It was the 80s and I had the ” want to be a pop Star” dilution ..17 year old young blond girl goes to England one way ticket knows no one,Fine till I hit Victoria station…Culture overload ensueing Panic Attack,all I could do was sit on my ruck sack and try not to pee my pants! Eventually some lovely rock and roll lookin guy notices my distress and offers to help me figure out something as I’m kinda sputtering out my situation …..He walks me across the street to a litte chip shop and sits me down ask if I know anybody in England ,I reply ” well kinda Ive talked to some one a girl of a aquaintance over the phone” at this point I’m sure he knows he’s dealing with some dafty kid he poor guy does not want to get stuck with…..Anyway we get ahold of this girl and she agrees to meet me and get me settled the man sees me to the right Tube station shows me where to get off ,true gentleman to the end ,not a creeper at all..from there I get set up in the most amazing youth hostel EVer ,Hollad park here

  • Maggie may

    Holland Park here I come..at that point had know idea how posh holland park is ?.was?amazing from their I had some of the most amazing experiences and encounters the Brits were a blast ,And YES I did meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburg or ..I used to work black (no visa) as a barker at country fairs..Her Royal Highness ,attended the Royal Norfolk county Fair…..no she did not steak to me buy we were presented in a line for a royal nod and at least I knew ,to just keep my mouth shut and curtsy! Oh and that Duke definitely is a randy bugger as the Brits say,…many more adventures and great people ,And yes to this day I can’t find decent Indian food in America ,came accustomed to it as it was the only thing edible in England(sorry) and open you guys took lots of tea breaks..Your sweet shops are excellent though and your beer.

    • MrsFizzy

      Um….wow.

      • MrsArcher

        quite…

  • J & B

    We’ve been in Florida since the 2nd January and one question we were asked after telling some Americans in the (lift)) elevator that we were from outside London, was – “oh, wow, do they speak English there”?

  • Daniel Nordness

    To be fair, most Britons prefer to think of the UK as very far from Europe.

    My favorite is when I fly from Dublin to Heathrow and they ask me how I enjoyed Europe.

  • seatofmars

    The whole concept of Wales confuses Americans.

    • seatofmars

      Floridian asked me if I was Scandinavian.

    • AndrewinNH

      There are times when the concept of Wales seems to confuse a lot of the English, too.

  • Ruth

    I’m so sorry you’ve encountered this level of denseness in America. We’re not all like that, I promise. Though you might get, “Would you repeat that, please,” from me a few times just to hear you speak more.

  • Foxed

    While in USA I asked for milk and sugar for my coffee she did not know what I meant,an American had the same problem at railway station in London my daughter helped him ,it turned out to be the Fons ,it’s true in case I go America again is it splender and creamer for sugar and milk .?

  • Foreigner

    We moved to America many years ago. When my daughter was asked where we came from she replied: Germany. The young man looked at her and inquired: Germany, New York? It is amazing how ignorant many americans are about the rest of the world.

    • tempost

      It’s possible that your daughter’s accent is more American than German now. It’s seems a logical guess that she would be talking about NY. So few people even know there’s a German, NY.

  • http://twitter.com/wisdomandfunk wisdom and funk

    My husband always gets asked,”Does the rain remind you of home?” and the other whopper, “Did the Brits fight in WWII?”

  • camisu

    I went berry-picking with my daughter’s Irish mother-in-law, and we were at a farm in Fife, where the farmer was telling us about the berries and growing them and so on. I was listening as hard as I could, and actually pretty much getting it all. As we walked down the road to the berry patch, she asked me if I could understand him, and said “Yes”. She then said, “I could not understand a word.” I was amazed, as, to my ears, they sounded pretty similar!

  • YvonneDonaldson

    I read this after the article about things Americans say that offend Brits. You used “quite” quite a lot yourself. ;)

  • Kate B

    After 9 years living in the US I have realized that my attitude (and my spelling, depending on who’s reading it) have changed. By the nth time I was asked if we celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK I had honed a gentle but good natured response depending on how well I knew the person (‘Do you want to think about that question a little bit?’ with a hopeful look on my face). I used to blurt out ‘no!’ and then immediately text my husband to share my shock. Truthfully I have more American friends who laugh when I tell them someone asked me this than people who ask me this. The other common one I get is people asking if my kids have an accent. (They have been in the US their whole lives, so they speak with local accents). I first said ‘Yes, they sound like total Yanks’, then realized the question was really ‘do they have an English accent?’. I am more assimilated than my husband, he teases me for concessions I make for an easy life with certain pronunciations and spelling.

  • Bruce

    Somebody recently asked me how exciting it must have been to vote here as we don’t get to elect our Prime Minister in England…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ian.shuter.9 Ian Shuter

    #2 is most regularly asked – I always pretend to be offended and then stereotype Aussies by saying “do I look like a criminal” (btw in early 1800′s 2 of my distant relatives were deported there for being naughty).

    #5 Even after 10 yrs I know that only 2/3rds of what I say has been understood.

    #7, #8 and #9 also come into conversation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SaeLevin Sae Levin

    Wow… I’m American, and I think this is stupid. Maybe it’s because I’m smarter than I give myself credit for, but seriously? So to start this out, I’m going to comment that I live in California, so we’ve got quite a bit of variety. The Australian comment confuses the heck out of me, considering Australians are rarer than British by a landslide. I can probably count the number of Australian people I’ve met on one hand.
    Number three is pretty confusing, too, unless you have previously stated that you are from the same location. My (now) best friend has been living less than 20 miles from me all my life. I didn’t meet her until a couple of years ago.
    I /might/ ask seven, but Americans take vacation, too. It would be more likely that I ask “Do you live round here?” (I actually got asked that last night by a woman looking for a new school for her daughter.) At which point is just common courtesy if you’ve already been talking for a while. I also /might/ ask nine. But that falls in line with the previous question. If you move to anywhere from anywhere, people are going to ask this. Everyone is expected to get homesick. It’s the typical reaction to having moved.

    (And if you’ve honestly got that much issue with curry, you should probably learn to cook it for yourself. Or perhaps move somewhere with better cuisine. It’s a big country. You aren’t stuck in any one location.)

    Having said all this, I /know/ there are stupid Americans. I used to go to school with a lot of them. But the longer you stay here, the easier it becomes to pick them out and attempt to avoid them.

  • Twiggums

    I was ask once if there are trees in England and is London near England

  • Patrick Hedges

    Its funny that a Brit ever makes fun of American (we don’t speak English, not the way you fruity islanders MURDER it anyhow). I annunciate perfectly and have to put up with horrible British pronunciation just to watch Top Gear.

  • Anonymous

    As an American I find this intriguing. There are some fools who will ask stupid questions, but that doesn’t represent the majority of America. I hope.

  • Poppy Fizz

    Many Americans can’t tell if Scotland is in England much like many English people cannot name 25 American states. Or so. Not sure about the numbering, but… How many states can you name? (If you are European)

  • An American

    Well, after reading several of these articles, I think I can say that some British people are just about as ethnocentric and uninformed as some Americans. I can’t imagine that this “guide” would be helpful to anyone. You will certainly run into problems if you are making these offensive assumptions about Americans.

  • Snarkygirl

    Do you pay US taxes? When I had a green card, Americans were always amazed that I paid taxes just like them.

    Is English food as bad as I’ve heard?

    and my all-time favourite:

    Are those your real teeth because they’re so straight and the English have terrible teeth.

  • emma rose

    I love this blog.

  • http://twitter.com/estrellita_1103 Estrellita

    I suspect that Ruth Margolis spends her days at Walmart. I can’t imagine any other way in which she could stumble across so many rude, uneducated people.

  • Miah

    Numbers 1-4 and 10… are you speaking with morons? Even if its mostly teenagers asking #10, I mean seriously?