Monthly Archives: October 2013

8 Stupid Mistakes Brits Make in America

The age-old issue of tipping. (Photo: Bryan Costin via flickr Creative Commons)

Let’s be honest, Brits on holiday can be a little bit dreadful. Alas, we’re often not much better when we’re living in another country, stubbornly refusing to bow down to the local customs and quirks.

A British Expat Speaks: Five Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Americans

Americans are always looking at the Big Sky. (Photo: AP/The Denver Post, Helen H. Richardson)

While my British accent hasn’t changed that much, there are definitely things I’ve picked up over the years from my fellow Americans (including saying “learned” instead of “learnt”).

We’re Not in Tesco Anymore: Six Ways U.S. Supermarkets Differ From British Ones

Remember strolling the aisles of Tesco? U.S. supermarkets differ in several ways. (Photo: Rex Features via AP Images)

While food shopping (a.k.a. grocery shopping) isn’t an ordeal in the U.S., there are quite a few elements that still surprise Brits.

Why the U.S. Should Adopt British-Style Supermarkets

American chains could learn a thing or two from the organized, inviting spaces of British supermarkets like Marks & Spencer. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Are you craving nineteen varieties of Oreo, or a slab of meat so hormone-pumped it could complete in the Tour de France in record time? Then head to your nearest American supermarket.

Football vs. ‘Soccer’: A Translation Guide for Brits and Americans

Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, left, collides with Montreal Impact midfielder Sanna Nyassi during the second half of an MLS soccer match Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Houston. (Photo: AP/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool)

Football (or soccer, depending on which side of the pond you’re from) is just as vulnerable to Anglo-American nuances as any part of the special relationship.

What the U.S. Can Learn From British-Style Parenting

Brits have uncovered the secret of great parenting! (Photo from the series 'Outnumbered' via BBC)

Listen up, Americans! British parents have unwittingly honed a fail-safe formula for moderately/sometimes/probably successful child-rearing…

British vs. American Ads: Which TV Commercials Make You Blush?

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At the risk of turning this into a “Which is better?” debate, it’s fair to say that there’s quite a difference between British and American TV ads.

6 British Customs That Will Puzzle Americans

No, Americans will never understand Morris dancing. (Photo: Rex Features via AP Images)

We’re a wonderfully eclectic people who will defend our regional weirdness and national idiosyncrasies to the death. But don’t expect your American friends to appreciate Britain’s funny little “ways.”

British Expat of the Month: Alana Kerr – from Belfast to Hollywood

Alana Kerr, FEATURE

Even though some actors have more luck than others in Hollywood, there are no guarantees: it can be a life of endless auditions, intense competition, temporary jobs and waiting for the phone to ring.

8 Reasons to Raise British Children in America

Kids in America find an appreciation for food. (Photo via WeHeartIt)

Possibly, it was around the time you had babies — or were contemplating it — that you last considered moving back to the U.K. And that’s totally understandable.