Category Archives: Cultural Differences

Are You Australian?: A British Expat Discusses Mistaken Nationality in America

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The other morning I was placing an order in my local bagel establishment when the sweet-looking elderly woman next in line accosted me. “You’re Australian, aren’t you?” she said with a knowing smile.

10 American Comedians Whom British People Will Love

U.S. comedians to watch: Louis CK, Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress. (Photos: AP)

Prepare to burn your Michael McIntyre DVDs, expats, and replace them with the complete works of these astonishing, all-American jesters. (See also: 10 British comedians who Americans should know.

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

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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.

10 U.S. Fashion Brands That British People Will Love

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You might live in America but do you dress the part? 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.

How to Bake Like an American: 10 Tips for Brits

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Perhaps you were known as the Muffin Queen back at your old British job. But when you pry open your Tupperware in your new American office, are your colleagues noticeably unimpressed? Maybe you need to start baking like a native.

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.