I’ve recently moved back to my hometown of New York City after living in the United Kingdom for several years. I thought this would be a good time to share some of my experiences whilst fresh in my memory – and yes, I said whilst.
Many people would assume that there wouldn’t be language differences between England and America but sadly, they (like myself) are wrong.
I started to notice the difference when people at work would say “Are you alright?” I didn’t quite understand why they asked me this and started think there was something wrong with me.
After observing Brits interact with each other, I realized that it was a passing greeting similar to when Americans say, “Hi, how are you doing?”
In the beginning, I was hyper-aware of words Brits used and decided to write them down to make sense of what was being said. My vocabulary log became very helpful when talking to my team.
I also found that using this vocabulary in my everyday speak raised my level of creditability amongst my employees – they started to see me as a reformed Yank.
Below is the list I’ve complied. (Click the image to expand)