Getting US Lingo right

posted Aug 16, 2012, 8:12 AM by Jalandhari Kom   [ updated Aug 16, 2012, 8:12 AM ]
For successful conversation, in the US, it is advisable that you speak slowly and pronounce properly. Well, the first part you really need to practice otherwise what you will hear from the person opposite is "pardon me", "come again", "I am sorry", "I didn't get you". e.g. The changes in pronunciation are like 'schedule' pronounced as 'skedule', 'route' pronounced 'raut' etc.
Also some words are totally substituted like 'petrol' by 'gas'. Here is a table from Gary Nobel of HP San Diego, which he created when he traveled in India. Thanks to him. The dictionary is very remarkable.
The following is a simple dictionary for translating between American English and Indian English. This dictionary should be useful for the new comer to either the U.S. or India. The words are in no particular order.

Food related

Indian English

American English

Coriander

Cilantro

Cold drink

Soda pop

Curd

Yogurt

Cafe ("Kayf")

Cafe ("kaf-ay")

Nes-coffee

Instant coffee

Filter coffee

Brewed coffee

Milk powder

Cream

French Beans

Snow Peas

Hotel

Restaurant

Jelly

Gelatin

Garam Masalla

Curry Powder

Lady fingers

Okra

Toffee

Hard Candy

Brinjal

Eggplant

Biscuit

Cookies/Wafers

(Potato) wafers

(Potato) chips

Finger Chips

French Fries

Groundnuts

Peanuts









 

 

 







Clothes

Indian English

American English

Windcheater

Windbreaker

Vest

Undershirt

Half-pant

Shorts

Purse

Wallet



 

 


Transportation Related:

Indian English

American English

Traffic signal

Traffic light

Boot, Dikky

Trunk of a car

Bonnet

Hood of a car

Petrol pump

Gas Station

Petrol

Gas

Pavement/Footpath

Sidewalk

Zebra Crossing

Crosswalk

Take a lift

Get a ride

Motorcycle

Motorbike

Cycle

Bike











Other:

Indian English

American English

Football

Soccer

American (rugby)

Football

Solid

Substantial

Ltd.

Inc.

Transistor

Radio

Two-in-one

Boom box

Goggles

Sunglasses

Toilet

Restroom

Guest house

Motel

Current

Electricity

$20 Note

$20 Bill

Cell

Battery

Torch

Flashlight

Rubber

Eraser

Snap / Photograph

Picture

Dustbin

Trash Can

Mess

Dorm cafeteria

Picture

Movie

Restaurant Bill

Restaurant Check

Talkies

Movie Theater

Lift

Elevator

To fix

To install

To repair

To fix

College/University

School

School

High School

High Marks

Good Grades


























Idioms

Indian English

American English

To post (a letter)

To mail (a letter)

To submit

To turn in

To be out of station

To be out of town

A place to park

Driveway

A place to drive

Parkway

Anti clock wise

Counter clock wise

Bunk school

Skip class

Passed out

Graduated

Fainted

Passed out

Ring up (someone)

Call up (someone)

The line is engaged

It's busy / I got a busy tone

Push the accelerator

Step on the gas

Give the car some race

Speed up the car

Get down (from a bus)

Get off (of a bus)

Let's push off

Let's go

Let's make a move

Let's go

Convince someone

Talk someone into

Standing from a constitutency

Running for an election

Issue a book (from the library)

Checkout a book (from the library)

How are you?

How are you doing?

How is everything?

How is it going?

Intimate

Inform

Very Close Relations

Intimate Relations

Too good

Cool

























All imitating the American way of life are called ABCD's
Towards a more American Conversation
U don't open conversation (on telephone) with a "Hello" but with a "Hi"
The telephone is never "engaged", it's always "busy".
U don't "disconnect" a phone, U simply "hang-up".
U never "mess-up" things, U only "screw them up".
U never have a "residence" tel. no., U have a "home" no.
U don't stop at the "signals", but halt at the "lights".
U don't "accelerate", U "step on the gas".
Your tire never "punctures", U may have a "flat".
The trains have "coaches" or "bogie's" no more but "carriages" or "boxes".
There R no "petrol pumps", but "gas stations".
"I don't know nothing", 2 negatives don't make a positive here.
U no longer meet a "wonderful" person, U meet a "cool" guy
U don't pull the switch down to light a bulb, rather flick it up.
U don't "turn on the heat", U "turn on the juice".
There's no "Business Area" only "business districts", and no "districts" but "counties".
No one stays "a stone's throw away", might "a few blocks away".
There's no "Town Side", it's "Down Town".
In hotel U no longer ask for "bill" and pay by "cheque", rather ask for "check" and pay with (Dollar) "bill's".
There R no "soft drinks", only "sodas".
Life's no longer "miserable" it "stinks".
U don't have a "great" time, U have a "ball".
U don't "sweat it out", U "work U'r butt off".
Never "post" a letter, always "mail" it and "glue" the stamps, don't "stick" them.
U no longer live in "flats" or "blocks", find an "apartment".
U no longer "like" something, U "appreciate" it.
"#" is not "hash", it's "pound".
U R not "deaf", U have "impaired hearing".
U R not "lunatic", U are just "mentally challenged".
U R not "disgusting" U R "sick".
U can't get "surprised" U get "zapped".
U don't "schedule" a meeting, U "skedule" it.
U never "joke", U just "kid".
U never "increase" the pressure, U always "crank" it up.
There are no "zero" but "o", no "Z" but "zee".
If U see "World" champions (or Series), read "USA" champions (or Series).
In short U don't speak English, U speak American.
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