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Two Brits Debate: Are Americans Sarcasm-Literate?

Two Brits-in-America discuss Americans and their use of sarcasm (or lack thereof). Toni Hargis: I’d say many Brits have experienced Number 9 on the British People Problems list: “I phoned Netflix customer support, which is U.S. based, they were so overly polite I thought they were being sarcastic and hung up.”  (You can read more […]

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How to Enjoy the Super Bowl When You Know Nothing About Football

I need to confess something: up until a few years ago, I thought it was called the “Super Ball” and had something to do with that other popular American sport — the one with the leather gloves and players who wear pajamas. Eventually, I discovered its true meaning — plus the correct spelling and pronunciation. […]

12 Places to Call in a Stateside Emergency

When a crisis strikes on American soil, who are you going to call? Keep these emergency numbers and links to hand and help will never be far away. 911 Unless you’ve isolated yourself entirely from American popular culture, you’ll know that this number is the country’s 999 equivalent. It’ll get you instant access to the […]

10 American Foods Brits Will Learn to Love

If you’re planning on a food-induced early death then you’ve relocated to the right country. With so many irresistible edibles on offer, you may need to request two plane seats on your next flight home. Grits Just the name is enough to put most foreigners off, but this southern maize porridge — usually served at […]

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The U.S. School System: Welcome to the Dark Side

If you’re new to the American school system, you’ll quickly discover that it’s not only the syllabus that is completely different from the British system. Many schools here “encourage” parental involvement in the form of volunteering, so expect to be hit with a “sign-up sheet” as soon as you enroll your children. As a newbie […]

How to Get a U.S. Green Card: 10 Things to Know

When most Brits first visit the U.S., they are content to sign the visa waiver form handed out on the airplane. Work visas are enough for thousands of others sent to America by their U.K. employers – or tempted across by U.S. firms or universities. But for those with longer ambitions, the holy grail is […]


Where to Live in America: 10 Things for Brits to Consider

Possibly the biggest single decision an expat has to make is where to live. Even once you have picked your country – and that is often chosen for you by family, work or other circumstances outside your control – the real work begins, especially with a country as large and diverse as the U.S. There […]

10 Things That Are Pricier in the U.S. Than in Britain

Anyone who tells you that the cost of living in the U.S. is much lower than back home is sadly mistaken. If you’re coming to America, prepare to feel the pinch. 1. Smartphones Prepare to hand over some serious wonga when you buy a cell. Contracts cost double what they do in the UK. Plus, […]

10 Ways To Find Other British Expats Near You

So you’ve arrived in the U.S. and are trying to get to grips with everything. It can be overwhelming, and you’ve probably left family and friends back home. Forget visas and work for now: there’s the immediate problem of trying to find a decent pint of beer, a friendly face and perhaps even a few […]

10 Practical Items Every UK Expat Needs in America

Want to make the transition from U.K. resident to U.S. dweller a little easier? Buy everything on our handy list. A travel guide You may not be in the U.S. on holiday but some of your expat needs are the same as a tourist’s. I guarantee you’ll want to eat, drink and amuse yourself senseless […]

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