Expat Learnings

Things I’ve learned as an American expat in the UKoGBaNI #29

Keyboards are country-specific.

This one may be obvious now that I state it but country-specific keyboards never really crossed my mind until I saw Peters UK laptop one rainy day in Maidenhood some four years ago. UK keyboards are different than US keyboards. Not only are the keys different – for example, there is a £ symbol on the UK keyboard versus a $ symbol on the US keyboard – but the layout, sizes and shapes of some keys are also different.

Below is a photo of UK keyboard, note the keys on the left on the row above the row with the spacebar and around the ‘Enter’ key.

Below is a US keyboard and compare those same areas. It is the size and placement of keys on the row above the spacebar that make me completely incompetent when typing on a UK keyboard.

Fun fact: The average typist can type 60 words per minute. Below was my top result of five tests on this website. I type fast but probably not as fast as my brother.

For the next learning in my Expat Learnings mini series, go here. Alternatively, go here to read this mini series from the beginning.

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