Author Archives: Toni Hargis

British Expat Parenting: The Trial of Having American Kids

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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

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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

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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

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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.

American Beaches: What Brits Should Know

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If you’re vacationing in the U.S. in the summer, it might well involve a beach.

Meanwhile, Back in the U.K.: What Longtime Brits in America Have Missed

UGGs (ugh), streaky spray tans, and excess in 'Essex.' Aren't you glad you missed this, veteran expats? (Photo via Hulu)

There’s a direct correlation between how long you’ve been here and how in touch you are with things back in Blighty. I’ve been here over 20 years, am lucky enough to go back at least once a year for an extended period, am probably ...

Learn to Take a Compliment, Brits in America

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A recent Buzzfeed post (“How to Annoy Brits”) has “Praise Them Publicly” as No. 16.  I’ll go one further and say that we Brits don’t do well with public praise in general, so coming to the U.

Interacting with Law Enforcement: What Brits in America Should Know

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Most of us are familiar with the regular American police officer from watching cop shows over the years. They wear the dark blue uniform, a peaked cap and pack a serious amount of heat around their often-expansive midriffs.

Queuing and Keeping Right: How to Navigate America

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Although it’s not quite as rigid as keeping to the right on the London Underground, and you won’t provoke the same rage if you err, there actually is a loose system when walking around in the U.S.

A Dress Code for Brits in America

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Most of my visitors from the U.K. invariably remark on how “casual” the American dress code appears.