February 22, 2019

Culture Series 1, Episode 4: Stiff Upper Lip - Podcast 20

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We're back with the last podcast of our first culture series and we're talking about the British "stiff upper lip," which is the mentality that one must keep their composure, even when faced with extreme adversity.  This is a concept that is relatively foreign to most Americans, who are slightly more used to expressing their emotions, if not sadness, then most certainly excitement.  But is the idea of having a "stiff upper lip" dying off in Britain?  Let us know your thoughts on the idea of the British "stiff upper lip" over on Facebook or tweet at us!

February 19, 2019

Culture Series 1, Episode 3: Drinking - Podcast 19

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Warning: This podcast may very well trigger you or someone you know.  Listen with caution.  Episode three of our Culture Series finds us talking about the drinking culture in each of our countries.  Erica wonders why British people are so extremely proud of their ability to "hold their drink" and Dominic shares a story about getting into his dad's whiskey as a 14-year-old.  Why is drinking the way the British sometimes do considered alcoholism by many in America, but generally isn't considered to be so in the U.K.?  Do you drink?  How old were you when you had your first drink?  Let us know your feelings on the topic of this podcast in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.  We always welcome and encourage discussion.

February 14, 2019

Culture Series 1, Episode 2: Work / Life Balance - Podcast 18

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In our latest installment, we're carrying on with our Culture Series and discussing how the United Kingdom and the United States each handle their work/life balance, America failing miserably for the most part.  No, not really.  Well, okay.  Why don't Americans get more time off work and why, often,  when they do get them, don't they use those days off?  We demand answers!  Meanwhile, British people are flying off to Turkey at every opportunity.  It's just not fair!  I think we should strike.  Who's with me?  Well, obviously not you, because you'd have to take time off work to do so! Argh!  Anyway, that's about the gist of this podcast, listen and then let us know if you think we should all quit our jobs and move to Britain where we can have more vacation days.

February 12, 2019

Culture Series 1, Episode 1: Travel - Podcast 17

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This podcast welcomes a new series all about specific cultural differences between America and Britain.  Up first, we're talking about how travel is different in each of our countries.  For instance, the U.K. is geographically closer to many more countries than the U.S., so flying to some exotic locale over a long weekend is not uncommon for British citizens.  And many more Americans own cars than people in Britain, so road trips are far more common (and economical) in the United States.  Let us know in the comments below, or by tweeting or Facebooking us whether you own a passport.  Also, have you ever been out of your country?  If so, where have you traveled to?

February 8, 2019

Things We Would Miss From The UK and USA - Podcast 16

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In this podcast we're discussing the things we'd miss from our home countries if we lived elsewhere.  Since Dominic already lives "elsewhere" he's pretty certain about the things he'd miss, because he already does miss them.  As you can see above, one of the things I would miss would be closets!  Not that we have a closet as big as the one above, but you catch my drift.  I know it seems shallow, but I love organization, so trying to organize all of our clothes and shoes, etc. into a small wardrobe would be a bit of a nightmare.  Tweet us, Facebook us, or comment below some things you would miss if you moved away from your home country.

February 7, 2019

Language Series 1, Episode 4: Accents - Podcast 15

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Well, hello there again.  Back for another exciting episode, I see?  Well, buckle your seat belt, because this one is a doozy.  Personally, it's slightly embarrassing for us, but may well be one of the most entertaining podcasts we've recorded to date.  Why?  Because in this, our 15th podcast, we are attempting accents from across Great Britain and America, and not doing amazingly well at it, I might add.  You will be amazed by our attempts at everything from Yorkshire and Cockney to Deep South and California accents.  What do British people hear when they think of an American accent?  And, do Americans realize there is more than one accent in Britain?  Do you think you have an accent?  Let us know where your accent is from and maybe we'll have you on our next podcast about accents.

February 4, 2019

Language Series 1, Episode 3: Pronunciation - Podcast 14

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Cue the music.  "You say tomato, I say tomahto.  You say potato, I say"...  wait... does anyone actually say potahto?  No?  We didn't think so.  Anyhoo!  Welcome to the third episode of our Language Series.  This podcast finds us discussing (as if the humongous tomato above wasn't clue enough) the different ways words might be pronounced in the U.S. versus in the U.K. and vice versa.  I say "might be" pronounced because, while we don't think anyone pronounces potato like "potahto," someone out there might.  We don't know everyone, after all.  We recognize that the pronunciations we mention are generalizations and may vary depending on where you are in America or Britain.  Do you pronounce a word we mention differently than the way we said it?  Let us know by tweeting or Facebooking us, or by commenting on this post.

January 30, 2019

Language Series 1, Episode 2: Slang Words - Podcast 13

This podcast finds us chatting about British and American slang words.  Now, before you go getting all extra, sit back down, grandma, because hitting play on this podcast isn't going to teach you how to communicate with your granddaughter in her language.  No, instead of learning how to keep it 100, or what the difference between salty and thirsty means, we're going to be talking about slang words that are so commonplace in Britain and America, that they have basically become mainstream words that kids and the elderly use alike.  The twist here, however, is whether Dominic can figure out what these commonly used American slang words actually mean, and vice versa.  Follow along and see how many British or American slang words you know the meaning of and let us know in the comments.

January 24, 2019

Language Series 1, Episode 1: Word Differences - Podcast 12

Hi.  Us again, and we're back with an all new series, this time about language. It's strange how different language between two English-speaking countries can be, and how the same word can have totally different meanings on different sides of the Atlantic.  For example, a British person should probably never tell Americans that they left their child's "dummy" at home.  And Americans visiting the UK probably don't want to ask a British person whether they should bring their "fanny pack" with them to go sightseeing.  After you've listened to the list of words we came up with, comment below, or Tweet or Facebook us to let us know other words you can think of that mean different things in America and vice versa.

January 22, 2019

Victoria TV Series - Podcast 11

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In this podcast, we're talking about the ITV/PBS series, Victoria, which is based on the life of Queen Victoria.  This season is airing in the U.S. before it airs in the U.K. and people in Britain are not happy about it.  Do Americans just like the British royal family more than Brits, or is there another reason for its early broadcast in the United States?  And just how factual is this series anyway?  Was Queen Victoria actually as attractive as actress Jenna Coleman?  Was Prince Albert as forward thinking as he is portrayed in this series, or was he more like his portrayal in Blackadder's Christmas Carol?  So.  Many.  Questions!  But, we're determined to get to the bottom of it.  Tune in and then let us know if you watch this show, and if so, what you think about it.

January 17, 2019

Food Series 1, Episode 4: Pubs - Podcast 10

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In the last episode of this series, we're discussing pubs: how and where to order food, the kinds of foods you can find in pubs, who actually owns the pub, and more.  What's the difference between a pub and a bar?  What's the American equivalent of British "pub culture"?  Dominic does his best to try and convince us all that a drink called a Woo Woo actually exists.  But, whether it does or not, should you expect to be able to order one in a typical pub?  We try our best to answer all your burning questions in our tenth podcast.  Tweet us, Facebook us or let us know in the comments whether your local pub has lasagna and or chicken tikka masala on the menu!

January 14, 2019

Food Series 1, Episode 3: USA and UK Fast Food - Podcast 09

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In our latest installment, we're discussing British and American fast food chains.  From A&W to KFC to McDonald's to Taco Bell, the list of U.S. fast food chains seems endless.  In fact, there are way too many for us to cover them all in a 30-minute podcast.  But again, the list of UK chains is minuscule with Wimpy* being one of the more famous ones.  Have we finally answered the question as to why there are no British fast food chains in America?  Tune in to find out.  And let us know in the comments, or tweet or Facebook us, whether you like to eat fast food, and if so, which restaurant(s) is your favorite?

*After recording this podcast, we learned that Wimpy was actually originally an American chain that started in Chicago, but over time all of its American locations closed.