Author Archives: Toni Hargis

6 Old U.S. TV Shows Brits in America Should Know

Just as Brits refer to TV classics like Blue Peter, Dad’s Army, or Coronation Street, so Americans litter their conversations with names and lines from old TV shows. Although we watched many American TV shows, some classics weren’t ...

10 American Slang Terms and Phrases That Confuse Brits

Like any other language, American has its idioms. Some are very similar to British English, and it’s not difficult for Brits to figure them out.

Which American Literary Classics Should Every Brit Read?

How much American literature Brits studied in school largely depends on their age. If you’re over 45, you may have studied one classic (To Kill A Mockingbird, usually) but unless you specifically took American Literature at school or ...

Traveling State-To-State in America: Things to Keep in Mind

Although it’s all one, big United States of America, there are some differences between the states to bear in mind when traveling around the country.

Bucket List: 6 Things British Expats Must Do Before Leaving America

As we know, this country is huge and varied, so a real bucket list could fill a book. However, there are a few things I’d recommend all Brits in America do while they’re here.

Foods That Brits and Americans Pronounce Differently

So we all know that Americans and Brits pronounce tomato differently, although, I must say, I’ve never heard anyone pronounce potato the way they suggest in the song. Po-TAHT-o anyone?

British Expat Parenting: The Trial of Having American Kids

Like many Brits in the U.S., I have children who, while being dual citizens and very comfortable in the U.

How Do You Say ‘Jaguar’?: British vs. American Brand Pronunciations

A recent article about the British pronunciation of Nike (to rhyme with “bike”) elicited howls of surprise and disbelief from my American friends on both sides of the Pond. According to the company itself, it’s NI-key!

Toni Hargis: What I Miss About British Summers

Don’t get me wrong: there’s lot to love about a summer in the U.S.—especially if you’ve just emerged from a brutal northern winter.

Summer in America: 10 Tips for Visiting Brits

Most Brits in the U.S, will, at some point, have summer guests visiting from the Mother Country. While expats have become (somewhat) accustomed to life here, it’s often surprisingly alien to our visitors.