Author Archives: Ruth Margolis

8 All-American Pastimes Brits Could Learn to Love

Once you’ve settled into your new American life, chances are you’ll want to indulge in some good, clean U.S.-style fun. Perhaps one of these will take your fancy.

10 Adorable Things Americans Do (According to Brits)

It’s time to take a breather from telling you about all the American things we Brits think are weird, daft or amusing. Some of the stuff they do is just plain delightful.

10 Unconventional Ways to Spend the Holidays

It’s nearly Christmas, and while some expat Brits relish the chance to learn how Americans celebrate the holidays, others are – understandably – not so enthusiastic. Either they weren’t invited anywhere, or they can’t deal ...

5 Ways for Brits to Accidentally Offend Americans

A pleasant side effect of coming to the U.S. is that you will meet and befriend lots of Americans.

10 All-American Christmas Gifts to Send to British Friends Back Home

Now that you live in the U.S., your nearest and dearest will want to sample the spoils of your fancy U.S. life.

10 Common British Expressions That Baffle Americans

We may technically speak the same language, but use one of our multitude of bizarre idioms in conversation with a person born and raised in the U.S. and you’ll be met with a, “Huh?

10 Common American Expressions That Baffle Brits

You’ve likely heard these bewildering utterances leave the mouths of your American acquaintances, but that doesn’t make them any less perplexing. (Note: many Americans are equally baffled by some of the atrocities below.

8 Instances When You Should Play Up Your Britishness in America

It’s no secret that the merest murmur of a British accent turns the average American into a heap of delighted, obliging mush. So I say: use this to your advantage.

10 American Substitutes for British Grocery Staples

So, you’re craving various foodstuffs from home but can’t track them down in the U.S. or bring yourself to pay five times what the product is worth in international shipping.

How to Fly With Kids: A British Expat’s Guide

At some stage, we’ve all been the passenger in front of the child who’s decided his in-flight entertainment will be pummeling the back of your seat for seven hours with his tiny devil feet. And then there’s the baby a couple of ...