Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dear Britain and America, Please Don't Bomb Syria

Dear Britain and America,

I am writing this letter in the hope that one, if not both, of you will come to your senses and kindly refrain from bombing the hell out of Syria. The reasons are straightforward, and have been discussed many times over the past two years.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What I Love About Living In The USA, by a British Expatriate

A couple of weeks ago, in my column for Anglotopia, I wrote a heartfelt post about the things I miss most about Britain. I never intended it this way, but my list included virtually every aspect of British life.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

5 Words Brits Cannot Pronounce When Attempting an American Accent

Those of us Brits who like to think they can nail a perfect American accent might want to think again. There are certain words that, for whatever reason - be it unfamiliarity or language complexity - are just blooming difficult to get your head (and tongue) around. And there's no need to feel ashamed: even the great Hugh Laurie insists he had trouble at first. With that out of the way, here are 5 words Brits cannot pronounce when attempting an American accent.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

British Vs. American English: Telecommunications Terminology


British English (BrE)
American English (AmE)
999
911
Aerial
Antenna
Dialing code
Area code
Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)
National Security Agency (NSA)
Hash mark
Pound sign
Mobile phone
Cell phone
Pay-as-you-go phone
Prepaid phone
Pylon
Transmission Tower
Telly/television
Television/TV
Video recorder
VCR


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Laurence Brown is a British man writing his way through the truly bizarre world of America - a place he sometimes accidentally calls home and a place he still hasn't quite figured out after seven years. Thankfully, his journey is made 12% easier by the fact that his accent makes him sound much smarter than he is. For evidence of this, subscribe to his popular Lost in the Pond web series over on YouTube.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

5 Wonderful British Food Items All Americans Should Try - Part 2

Following on from last week's list, here are 5 more British food items that all Americans should try.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Why Do Americans Call It A Fanny Pack?

During the 1980s and early 1990s, it was fashionable among tourists of all ages to wear what is now considered somewhat of a fashion faux pas: the bum bag.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

American Accents: There Are More Than Most Brits Imagine

Growing up in England, you get to know a thing or two about accents. In my case, from a relatively young age, I would secretly practice various incarnations of British English - often using the speech style and dialect of British celebrities.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

5 Wonderful British Food Items All Americans Should Try - Part 1

Whether you love or hate British cuisine, there's no denying that some food items are simply too delicious for words. While the items on this list might not necessarily offer great nutritional value, they are some of the tastiest things either side of the Atlantic. Here is part 1 in a series of lists looking at wonderful British food items all Americans should try.