A woman I met last summer in Austin will be moving to England soon. As I’ve followed her status updates it’s been fun to remember similar steps I needed to do or feelings I experienced as I prepared for my new life in the UK. The subject of communication came up this week. I grew-up with a British stepfather and visited England on a few occasions, but that wasn’t sufficient to prepare me for some basics in verbal and non-verbal communication. I lived in the UK from February 2006 to September 2010 and made several mistakes when it came to language and culture. I read, researched, and asked questions, but more oftentimes than not it was a blunder on my part that cemented in my brain, “Don’t say that” or “Don’t do that.” The following were lessons learned, ahem…learnt.