Author Archives: Toni Hargis

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.

10 Must-Have Items for an Extreme U.S. Winter

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If you’re in the top half of the U.S. over winter, you’ll notice that it gets a tad cold. If you’re new to the U.S., let me assure you that no, you never get used to it.

6 British Things Americans Admire

Colin Firth keeps a mean stiff upper lip in The King's Speech. (The Weinstein Company)

There are many things that Americans seems to like about us Brits and our culture. Far be it for me to blow the collective British trumpet, though; I asked a handful of Americans-in-the-U.K.

What NOT to Do at Christmas: A Guide for Brits

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So, as we’ve said, Christmas in the U.S. isn’t too different from what we knew back in Blighty, but there are a few things worth noting.

7 British Food Habits Americans Will Never Understand

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While the U.K. has undoubtedly embraced American food tastes and trends, with the introduction of TGIF and the like, the reciprocity has been a little slow.