Author Archives: Toni Hargis

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

(Home-Designing)

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

(CD)

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

(MWT)

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.

5 Very American Ways for Brits to See the U.S.

FOX's Modern Family hits the road in an RV. (FOX)

There is so much to do and see in the U.S. that you can be here a lifetime and barely scratch the surface.

5 Strange Things That Happen to Brits in America

Don't be surprised if someone starts singing to you in a cockney accent. (Disney)

You know you’re going to stand out a little as a Brit in the U.S., what with the funny accent and the strange culinary tastes, but sometimes it’s difficult to anticipate what else might happen….

Traveling DIY Style: Tips for Brits Planning U.S. Holidays

It's a good idea to pack for unexpected weather but when possible, bring carry-on. (Paramount)

It’s the New Year, a time when many of us start thinking about weekend breaks and summer holidays. For Brits in the U.S. there might be a few new things to bear in mind.

How to Be Passive-Aggressive on Both Sides of the Atlantic

(SomeEcards.com)

A table came out recently to help translate common British phrases; apparently we’re too polite to say what we really mean. This, in itself, is worth a discussion because in my two-plus decades in the U.S.