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The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States, A Step-by-Step Plan for Individual Students

"In The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States, author Toni Summers Hargis has written a straightforward research and personal experience-based guide, which definitely backs up her confident and trusting 'been there, done that' tone."
-Expat Arrivals

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Expats Recount Their Cringe-Worthy Global Gaffes

Shortly after my mother arrived for her first visit to the U.S., she turned to my shiny new American husband and asked, “If I’m not down by 9 a.m., would you mind knocking me up, please?” Fortunately my husband had lived in London for three years and knew that she was asking him to knock on her bedroom door to wake her up, so he was able to keep a straight face. She, on the other hand, has never lived down the eye-watering embarrassment of not knowing that in the U.S., to “knock someone up” can also mean to get them pregnant.


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The Repat Report: The Telltale Signs of a Recent Repat – British Slang, Marmite and the Weather

There are certain times in my new British life, where I’m cringingly aware of my repatriation status. Most of the time I blend in, which after more than twenty years of being listened to by people I wasn’t addressing, is quite a relief. And then sometimes I completely blow my cover.

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Britain - A Nation of Selfish Parkers?

One of the lovely things about returning to the UK as a driver is the frequency with which other drivers let me in, out and through. In my particular part of the USA, to signal an intention to change lanes on the motorway/freeway was, for the most part, a cue for other drivers to bunch up as tightly as possible to prevent said lane change. Similarly, when wishing to turn out of a side street onto a main road, it was safe to assume that no car would ever let me out until it could go no further itself. Then, when a red light meant cars were in effect stuck, I was allowed to squeeze out between them. (I realize that this is a regional issue, by the way.) In the UK, all I have to do it seems, is turn my indicator on and a gap appears in the desired motorway lane, often accompanied by a flash of headlights. 

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7 Movie and TV Titles That Changed After Crossing the Atlantic

Masterpiece’s new period drama Home Fires was inspired by the book Jambusters and is about Britain’s Women’s Institute and the work its members did during the Second World War. The book’s title was based on a pun of the name “Dambusters,” the British squadron that beat the Germans in 1943.

Now, however, the book has been repackaged and the television series named Home Fires. Author Julie Summers told me via e-mail that when ITV bought the option for her book Jambusters, they polled random members of the public and asked what the title conjured up. “Most people thought it would be the title to a cop show or something about traffic jams, though once they were told it was about the Women’s Institute in the Second World War, they thought it was very clever.”