Category Archives: Cultural Differences

5 Things You Don’t Expect When You Repatriate to the U.K.

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It’s common to pine for home when living abroad; wishing that you could pop open a proper British newspaper, sip a perfect cuppa (where your people actually understand what a cuppa is!), and tuck into a piping hot Sunday roast.

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.

5 Ways Americans Celebrate That British People Find Awkward

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With Super Bowl XLVIII coming up, it’s a good time for some pointers about how Americans celebrate with friends (and strangers) at sports events—and at almost any other occasion when something good or positive has happened.

10 Things New Yorkers Can Learn From Londoners

The card was publicly launched on June 30 2003, transforming the way travellers paid to get around the capital. Around 60 million cards have been issued since then and more than 85% of all rail and bus travel in London is paid for using an Oyster card. (Dominic Lipinski/Press Association via AP Images)

The Big Apple and its residents get a lot of stuff right. But that’s not to say they can’t learn a few thing things from those fog-drenched, bowler hat wearing folk in that other great global city.

8 Pointers For Brits Dating in America

You may find yourself on a day-time date with NO alcohol. (TAOM)

I may not have gone on a first date in over a decade but this much I know: dating in Britain happens at night. There’s alcohol involved.

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 ...

10 British Smells You’ll Miss When You Leave the U.K.

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Your nose is a delicate, easily offended piece of equipment. Move out of the country and your British-born snout will mourn these familiar British scents.

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.

6 U.K. Television Quirks Only Brits Will Know

The Test Card F girl Carole and her clown Bubbles.

There are certain things about British television only Brits can appreciate…

Carole Hersee & Bubbles the Clown This image, without doubt, is the most bone-chillingly scary thing ever to be broadcast by the BBC. A young girl, who looks like something out of The Shining, is playing noughts and crosses with ...

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 ...