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10 things about living in England as an American that I wasn't prepared for

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 22 Oct 2018


England and the US are generally presumed to be culturally similar.However, aside from sharing English as a predominant language, England and the US have more cultural differences than author Jennifer Still expected before she packed her bags and moved across the pond.Here are 10 things about living in England as an American Still wasnt prepared for but learned to adapt to.When I emigrated to the UK in October 2016, I was excited to finally make my long-distance relationship something of the past and see what England had to offer.Having lived in the UK for two six-month stints previously, I thought I had a fairly good idea of what to expect when I obtained a spousal visa and moved there permanently. However, I was surprised to encounter cultural differences in the UK that I didnt expect prior to crossing the pond from America.Ive since adapted to the terrible dollar-to-pound conversion and the reserved nature of British citizens (at least compared to Americans), though I still feel homesick every now and then. Here are 10 things about living in the UK as an American that I wasnt prepared for:SEE ALSO:I've chosen to leave 5 jobs during my career ' here's how I knew it was time1. British people are more reserved than AmericansWhile Americans have a reputation for being brash, direct, and not shy about sharing their feelings, the opposite can be said for the majority of Brits. Of course, you cant apply generalizations to all inhabitants of any country. But Ive found that many Brits value having a stiff upper lip, a finding mirrored by a BBC survey. My partner is a perfect example of thisshe tends to bottle up her emotions rather than talking about them because she prefers to just get on with things without complaining. Rather than processing events in depth, many Brits would rather just brush things under the carpet and keep their opinions largely to themselves. Not following suit can be considered rude and obnoxious, two qualities Ive heard Brits ascribe to Americans. That being said, Ive found that many Brits appreciate American candor and find it charminglike most things, it depends on the person.2. Everyone wants to know your opinions on TrumpIf you mention that youre from the US, you will invariably be asked about President Trump and what you think of his policies and personality. The first few times, such questioning didnt bother meit still doesnt, really, but it is a constant reminder of what I consider the sad state of affairs in my home country, which is more than a little depressing. 3. You can pretty much say or do anything on TV after 9 p.m.In the UK, Ofcom, the UKs broadcasting regulator, devised a set of rules called the watershed, which restricts TV and radio content deemed unsuitable for children until 9 p.m.After 9 p.m., the rule is lifted, and basically anything goes. From foul language to nudity, its all OK. In the US, indecent content is banned on broadcast channels between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., but Ive never witnessed half the things that air on UK television at any hour in the US.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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