Quote from madwife2002
Nobody really understands what you are saying and you have to explain yourself lots of times.
Having to repeat yourself ad nauseum is not something you consider until you get here. However, unless your normal accent resembles an old Pathe Newsreel announcer, you will find that many people wont understand you. The problem is they listen to your "cute" accent, not the content.
Whatever you liked most about the UK, is probably what you will miss most in the US. It is definitely a culture shock, and in my opinion, takes well in excess of a year to even start to assimilate...so give it time.
Living in a capitalist society is a little different to what you may be used to. Everyone wants to make a profit on everything, and work comes before play...Always!!! You will get strange looks if you tell someone you would prefer good health over a substantial lottery win, such is the fixation with the $$$$ :trout: . To be fair though, this mindset does drive a pretty strong economy.
I still miss a lot about the UK. Like Madwife said, it's hard to put your finger on; perhaps just the familiar surroundings, family, sense of pragmatism etc. For me, the UK is now a place to visit. The US is home, and I am very happy to be here, despite my ramblings
Good luck with your move.