12 Things That Happen When You’re a Brit Living in America

1. No one understands a word you’re saying when you use words like ‘petrol’ and ‘path’ so you use the American alternative and then everyone you know in England is like ‘you’re English, use English words’.

2. You realise that two countries that both speak English have entirely different languages when you ask an American for a rubber or tell them you’re cooking a joint on Sunday.

3. Your confidence takes a boost because a U.K. size 10 dress size is only a 6 in America.

4. Of course you quickly end up a US size 10 because the food is so good and they don’t have Jamie Oliver running round taking the sugar out of everything.

5. People you meet ask you if the weather in England is really that bad. No my friend, it’s worse.

6. You resort to paying crazy shipping prices just to get some English chocolate/gravy/biscuits/tea bags. American food is good but nothing beats a cup of tea and a chocolate digestive.

7. You’ll always get that one person that wants you to say Harry Potter words. And if you’re like me you’ll love it.

8. You’ll have this conversation:

‘Where are you from?’


‘How far is that from London?’

9. People will try to do your accent (after asking if you’re Australian/South African) and it usually goes like this ‘o’right mate, wunt sum tea and crUMpets. Cheerio’ and you ask yourself if you’ve ever heard an English person use that sentence in your life.

10. You order lemonade instead of sprite.

11.  People ask you what soccer team you support and if it’s not Man U or Chelsea the bonding  ends immediately.

12.  You get up to the register with the exact cash and then realise you forgot to add tax.


2 thoughts on “12 Things That Happen When You’re a Brit Living in America

  1. When I arrived in 1983, yes I was happy my dress size went down, but really upset when my shoe size went From a 7 1/2 to a 10!! 😰
    People here also thought I was called Karen-b, just because I always sign my name with the b! That’s one thing I’ll never change for them! 😊


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