nw3 to nyc

Observations on moving my family across the Atlantic


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Apparently we speak the same language

Update: This competition closed on 20 December. I came 3rd in the US bloggers section, so thanks for all the comments!

I felt inspired to enter a competition to share my expat experience. I have written a top tips post which was published on the Expats Blog website yesterday. Take a look using the link below, you may see some common themes from things I’ve written about before and some new observations. If you have a moment, leave a comment and tell others what you think. Thanks!

http://www.expatsblog.com/contests/786/apparently-speak-same-language-9-ways-to-get-along-in-new-york-city

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New York lexicon part 1

So far I have learnt that coriander is called cilantro and rocket is called arugula – very Star Trek. Paracetamol is known as¬†acetaminophen, so when we were looking for a Calpol equivalent, we originally thought that paracetamol didn’t exist here. Double cream is known as heavy cream, which makes sense. There are a few words I already knew, but now have to use them without remarking on them, such as stroller (buggy), diaper (nappy) and mom (mum). There are no lifts, only elevators; no shops, but stores and no queues in those stores as you are ‘on line’. I am learning to drop the ‘t’ from words, such as water and eighty. Instead I now try to say wa-der and ei-dey,¬†with an emphasis on the second syllable. And I have also learnt from a recent visit to a beer shop that a container which holds 2 pints of beer is called a growler!