Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I'm a Brit in America and I Have a Confession

Hello. My name is Laurence. I’m a British expatriate residing in the United States and I have a confession to make. It’s a big one - huge, actually.

I’ve lived in the states now for 7 years, a move that was both courageous - I felt - and exciting. But in that time, I have engaged in dealings that many would deem improper. It might alarm many of you to hear what I have to say, but the time is right to hold up my hands and come clean.

So here goes. See me reveal all by clicking on the video below.



This article was written by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana, and writes for BBC America and Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share these articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

14 comments:

Ceitllyn said...

Oh, awesome! Loved it :)

Manuela Andrea said...

Laurence, you are hilarious. From one expat to another (German in my case)!

Christianna Cummings said...

Can you teach me?

Christianna Cummings said...

Can you teach me?

Unknown said...

OK now if you were trying to have one over on ME you would need to give us a bit more of the Scouse or Yorkshire or Manchester dialect.

Julia said...

Oh dear. It would appear I too am guilty of this.
I still have my accent after 32 years away from England. People always love my accent and, I have been known to use it it to my advantage.

Studio Kaufmann said...

I will never get tired of this. I ask 'do you have any foot fungus cream?' and I get 'wow I love your accent! are you from Australia/england/new Zealand.' there is no (legal) high like it.

CriticalListener said...

We'll forgive you anytime--just keep talking!

Rosemary said...

Came here in 1959. Still use my accent for my benefit. my"I beg your pardon" spoken with the down your nose look, will stop aggressors in there tracks.

Anonymous said...

Your accent may not work on Obama, who is supposedly anti-British. Have you ever encountered anti-British sentiment or coolness and/or indifference from people in the US?

Laurence M. Brown said...

Obama's interview with Sir. David Attenborough would seem to be at odds with the notion he is anti-British. Regardless, I can't say I have met an American who was anti-British, though I don't doubt such people exist.

Anonymous said...

Since the majority of Americans have a positive response to British accents, then that is a good sign that the majority have positive feelings for Britain and its people. My guess is that any anti-British feeling in the USA is very small. Americans of Argentine background perhaps, or Irish-Americans who feel strongly about Irish nationalism and independence (a tiny Irish-American subgroup). The LaRouche movement has a strongly anti-British stance. They specifically dislike the British Monarchy. American advertising executive Steven Grasse published "The Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined The World" in 2007 in response to the rise of anti-Americanism in the UK. Grasse felt too many English were too eager to blame America for evil in the world. He even has a YouTube site:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSR78Zg-GiM

Paul Green said...

Have used my accent to my advantage at times. Although, I've had a few question me as to why I'm called a 'Scouser' or what is a 'Scouser'

Neil Bastiman said...

Your British accent doesn't have any affect on me, but then again I am from Hull............

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