Do You Know Your GCSE’s from your Primary School? An Anglophile’s Guide to the British Education System

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As a native Brit (albeit one who travels to the US regularly) I often get frustrated when I read American articles which describe children according to which grade they are in. It seems standard to say, “a promising ninth-grader” or “a third grade … [Read more...]

Brit Slang: 5 English Words and Phrases That Crop Up During The World Cup Every Anglophile Should Know

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After another disappointing World Cup exit for the England football team, there are now plenty of words and phrases usually so prevalent during the World Cup that will, for better or worse, not feature for the remainder of the tournament. For the … [Read more...]

Lost in the Pond Returns with 7 British Phrases For ‘Getting Upset’ Not Used In the U.S. – British Slang

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There aren’t too many nations in this world that can hold a candle to the British when it comes to moaning and whining (and I say that lovingly, as a Brit myself). Whether they are standing at the back of a particularly long queue or simply lamenting … [Read more...]

Dispatches from England Travelogue: Exploring the White Cliffs of Dover and Spending the Overnight in the Classic and Historic British Seaside Town

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Many readers are probably familiar with Dover, either for the famous White Cliffs of Dover, or because it's an important port where ferries and cargo ships cross the English Channel. When planning a recent drive to Belgium via the Eurotunnel (which … [Read more...]