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Despite going from one English speaking country to another, Americans are not safe from suffering from some culture shocks when they travel to Britain.

This was already proven once when an American girl posted a TikTok of herself trying Ribena for the first time – straight from the bottle.

A similar mistake was once again made recently, when Rebecca Frailey moved from her home state of Utah, USA, to Birkenhead as part of her work with her church, reports The Liverpool Echo.

Following four weeks in Wirral – where the 19-year-old Mormon missionary had been enjoying the British heatwaves as a Utan desert-resident accustomed to hot temperatures – Rebecca decided to try squash.

Unfortunately for the teenage girl, the English concoction was not the refreshment she had hoped for.

Indeed, Rebecca did not get the memo that water was supposed to be added to dilute the popular british beverage.

She told ECHO: “So I just thought we had this really weird drink.

“I had the orange and pineapple squash and I was just drinking it straight from the bottle.

“It happened to me twice and I had to spit it out.

“My flatmate was laughing at me because I didn’t realise you had to put water in it – it is just not a thing in America.”

As a religious volunteer for the Church of Latter Day Saints, Rebecca committed to helping her church in a two-year mission away from her home country.

She explained: “I have just come from Wigan, which is very lively, but in Birkenhead, the people here are so proud of their home, people are so quick to show you the history of Birkenhead – they really take pride in it and there is such a strong sense of community here, I love it.”

Even though the Utan missionary has been happy about her experience in the UK, experimenting with squash was not the only cultural shock she felt.

“Getting used to Celsius instead of Fahrenheit was hard and the covid restrictions are a lot heavier than where I am from,” Rebecca said.

She added: “I was also surprised at the amount of Indian food there is here, just so much in the aisles of the supermarket, back home we have lots of Chinese and Mexican foods.”

The 19-year-old will work for her religious organisation around the North West for the next 18 months and even hopes to stay in Birkenhead a little longer.