Ever since I decided that moving to England was a viable direction in which to take myself, I have been brushing up on various aspects of “being British.” While I recognize (recognise!) a lot of spelling differences and slang thanks to books and television, I am not familiar with using them. At the suggestion of my cousin, I changed the autocorrect on my phone from American to British, which has helped with little things like the “u” in “colour” and “favourite.” I also started paying more attention to what people say on the BBC. By no means do I want to sound as though I am appropriating their terminology like a know-it-all tourist…but neither do I want to stick out like a sore American thumb. I want to embrace the new life that I’ll be leading this next year, and that includes not sounding like a git.
Here is one of the charts that I’ve been looking at every now and then to help me remember spelling differences. And somewhere I have another one to remind me that trousers are pants and pants are underwear. Am I missing anything important? If you’ve lived abroad, how did you adapt to a new culture?