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Articles Tagged 'British English'


Why I Might Never Move Back to the U.K.

I once compared the process of relocating to the U.S. with that of starting school for the first time. For the initial few months, you’re a little reticent to talk to your new classmates, to learn a new set of rules, or to leave behind the familiar surroundings of home. However, and I’m going to […]


Help! Siri Can’t Understand My British Accent

So, I finally caved and bought an iPhone. What can I tell you, I had a coupon for a free case. After unpacking it with the kind of care and attention that’s normally reserved for de-swaddling a sweaty newborn, I caress the glass and accidentally press or swipe something that launches Siri. “Ooh, it’s a […]


10 American English Words and Phrases British Expats Eventually Adopt

As a British expat who has lived and worked in the U.S. for over five years, I remain very much in favor of embracing the various wonderful nuances this country has to offer. However, there was one aspect of my move that—during the initial settling-in period—I secretly feared: the gradual Americanization of my vocabulary. Now […]

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Close, But No Cigar: British vs. American Idioms

British English and American English have a number of phrases that mean the same thing and are so similar in wording, after a few years as an expat, you forget which one’s which. While these phrases don’t usually cause much confusion, it’s interesting to note the differences. For example, where Brits will say “peaks and […]

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12 Ways to Speak and Spell Like an American

Working as a journalist in Los Angeles, I often read requests for people who can speak and understand “British English” or “American English” – but what does that mean? As a new arrival in the U.S.A. you will notice that some things are different – and sometimes very different. 1. Swaps Thanks to modern communication, […]