Author Archives: Toni Hargis

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

NYPD cars. (Photo: Fotolia)

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.

Go On, Introduce Yourself: What Brits in America Must Learn to Do

Name tags do work but are probably a last resort.

Picture the scene, Brits: you’re at a party, and you start chatting to your friend’s neighbor, who seems like a very nice person. You have lots in common and are getting on like a house on fire.

What Can Brits Learn from American Optimism?

30 Rock's Kenneth is the ultimate optomist. (NBC)

One thing Brits notice about Americans is their eternal optimism; there’s nothing that can’t be done. From running for President to getting sold out tickets for your favorite band, anything’s possible.

A Brit Weighs in on America’s ‘Open Kitchen’ Debate

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When looking at housing options in the U.S., Brits will notice a distinct lack of doors and walls.

Themed Vacations: Ideas for Brits in America

Modern family heads to a dude ranch in Jackson, WY. (ABC)

As I’ve mentioned before, this country is vast. When thinking of vacations, the plethora of choice sometimes leaves me paralyzed with indecision. Should we go hot, cold, beach, desert or big city?

Brits in America: 5 Small Signs You’re Going Native

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Most expats probably don’t realize if and when they “go native.” As a Brit in the U.S.

Why Americans Don’t Understand the Roundabout

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In 2013 the British Roundabout Appreciation Society (yes, there is one and don’t laugh) awarded Columbus Circle, in New York City, Best Roundabout in the World.