Author Archives: Toni Hargis

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

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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.

No, Arkansas Doesn’t Sound the Way It Looks: A Guide to Pronouncing U.S. Place Names

The U.K. isn't alone with "rude" city names. (BIOLI)

Just as we laugh at Americans who say “Glass Cow” instead of Glasgow and “Li-cester” instead of well, Leicester, they often have the last laugh when we attempt some American state and place names. As with the ...

High and Dry: Tips for Brits in High Altitude

Be sure to pack water even if just going for a short hike like these guys in Yellowstone. (Backroads)

Chances are, while you’re in the U.S., you’ll visit somewhere that’s higher than you’ve ever been if you’re not a skier or a serious climber.

Rule-Bound Brits: Wanna Break Out Just a Little?

Ah nice. A passer-by left us a lovely little letter on our windshield. (Photo: Ildar Sagdejev, Creative Commons 
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“I’d rather ask for forgiveness than for permission.” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard an American say this, I wouldn’t need a pension plan.

The British Geordie Dialect – From Another Planet?

"Yes, of course" in Geordie dialect. (Photo via Carl Heyward's book via Northern-Heritage.co.uk)

It’s fair to say that, as with Yorkshire, the dialect from the far Northeast of England is unique; some might say totally incomprehensible.  People from this region, (basically the banks of the River Tyne,) are called Geordies and ...

U.S./U.K. 2014 Predictions

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Like all reputable publications and web sites, we here at Mind the Gap, have a few predictions for the coming year.

The Ultimate Expat’s Library: Books for Brits in America

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Surprisingly, (except for the one that’s two thirds written in my head) there aren’t too many books specifically for Brits in America. While there are plenty of books about relocating to the U.S.