Articles by Nathan

British English

There are a great many things that we’ve learned to say differently on this side of the Atlantic.  Sure, there are all the things everyone knows pretty well, like gas is petrol, apartments are flats, and so on.  But there’s a lot more to it than that, and it can

Climate Change

We’re experiencing climate change.  I’m not talking about global warming.  I mean we’ve moved to a new climate!  And it’s time to talk about the differences, in three parts: temperature, light, and precipitation. Temperature: Home is more extreme. I wasn’t easily able to get temperature data for St. Andrews, Fife

Tomayto, Tomahto

Just a few days after we arrived, I asked everyone in the family about the differences between home and here.  Then, two days ago, I did it again.  Here are everyone’s responses, from both dates. Person Question Answer on 31 July Answer on 27 August Mary Ella What’s better here?

It’s 18 degrees and lovely.

Didn’t take long — I found an excuse to include some math! Oddly enough, people here speak of the temperature in Celsius (!).  This requires an American to mentally convert while conversing, which isn’t always easy, given that the conversion formula is , not exactly convenient mental arithmetic.  If someone says