Moving to a different country will almost always come with pros and cons, and sometimes it can be difficult to understand certain sayings or phrases that simply aren’t said in your previous country. Here are ten things that an American man should know before he comes to the UK.
Number One: Weather
Perhaps the most important thing to be aware of is the totally unpredictable weather that the UK suffers from. It can be sunny in February and snowing in March. The US essentially has sunny weather most days of the year. If you are thinking of moving to the UK, you better be ready for just how much the weather will affect you. Additionally, the weather forecasts are generally never right, so don’t trust everything you hear on the television.
Number Two: Politeness
The Brits are very polite. Having never been to America myself, I can’t accurately describe how Americans treat each other, but I could make a claim that people from the UK are some of the friendliest in the world. Moving from the US to the UK could be quite a daunting experience if you don’t know where to go or what to see, but the Brits will always lend you a helping hand. They may even take a liking to your accent.
Number Three: Pronunciation
Keeping with the theme of being polite, different pronunciations can be key to whether you annoy someone or not. Americans have subtle ways of pronouncing things differently to the Brits. One example of differing pronunciations is the car company Jaguar. People from the US tend to pronounce it as “Jag-war,” without saying the “U.” However, people from the UK usually say it as “Jag-u-ar,” phonetically stressing the “U” and adding a third syllable to the word. If you don’t want to annoy or irritate anyone while you’re over there, be sure to brush up on how things are pronounced in the UK.
Number Four: Natural Beauty
Britain has some of the most stunning and vibrant landscapes in the whole world, especially Europe. Contrasting from how loud and tiring holidays may be in the States, coming to Britain is a very tranquil and peaceful way to relax.
Number Five: Dislike of Tourists
This piece of advice may be slightly contradictory to number two, but usually only in a small number of cases. People in Britain have the tendency to dislike tourists, feeling that they just take up unnecessary amounts of room around attractions like Big Ben. This gets even more magnified in local shops. Looking at the isles of food on offer, don’t get frustrated that the stores aren’t as big as the ones back home. Every shop may feel completely cramped to you, but don’t let your irritation show.
Number Six: Prices
The sometimes extortionate prices in the UK will become a definite nuisance, but won’t detract from the experience of living there. For example, going to a Starbucks may seem like an enjoyable experience until you look at the price for, say, a Latte. This simple cup of coffee will probably set you back at least £4. For that price you could theoretically buy a mug, sugar, and coffee to make it yourself. Keep an eye out for the best bargains around, something that the people of Britain will always search for.
Number Seven: Conversation
Brits are chatty. Be prepared for a bombardment of questions about where you are from and how long you have lived in the UK. Just simply answer as swiftly as you can and move on with your day. If it’s an old person… good luck!
Number Eight: Activities
There is always something enjoyable to do in Britain if you are bored and feeling adventurous. Wherever you decide to stay in the UK, there are activities that will satisfy you. Whether it is going for walks in the countryside, staying in and relaxing, or doing something sporty and active, there will be something fun for you to do. If you have kids, the experience will be even more enjoyable.
Number Nine: Food
Oh my lord the food. The food in Britain may not compare to the portions across the pond, but my goodness it is delicious. Wherever you go, there will be a local cafe or restaurant serving some of the sweetest and most savoury food you’ve ever had.
Number Ten: Football
The final tip is a very tedious anecdote, but one that seems to annoy just about everyone in the whole country. Saying “soccer” instead of “football’ seems to rile everybody up, and it isn’t just an argument in Britain, but across the whole world. Just go along with it if you don’t want to stir up a debate, especially in a local pub.