I'm an American living in the UK for *checks watch* about eight years now. Before I came I could manage Japanese and have since learned French, and yet I still haven't the faintest idea what on earth you people are trying to tell me half the time.

Best example was summed up by a nice Northern bloke who, on seeing my confusion with basically everything quipped, "America and Britain are two nations separated by a common tongue." Truer words were never spake. I think. Honestly, he was both British and Northern so it's entirely possible he said something entirely different.

Doctor of Palaeopathology, rage-prone optimist, stealth berserker, opera enthusiast, and insatiable consumer of academic journals.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store