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Old 07-29-2012, 04:01 AM
 
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American, going to live in the UK for awhile ? this English to American translator may come in handy.
One of the best English to American translations I’ve ever seen… | She's Not From Yorkshire

When something goes wrong and the boss bellows, well that's bloody wonderful,
no it is not wonderful.

Oh, telling a woman she does not look too bad is a compliment.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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I've had only 2 isolated incidents where I was misunderstood in Britain and those were 2 words that appeared normal to me but put in a funny context it means something vulgar. Other than that, British English is not difficult to understand at all, the sarcasm was quick to pick up on (hell, why do the subtitles put a (!) next to an obvious sarcastic statement I'll never know). It's about as different as Canadian English. Oh yeah, I survived living there for 6 months
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:29 AM
 
Location: N26.03 W80.11
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Something homely in Britain means it's nice, comfy, familiar. In the U.S. homely means plain or bordering on ugly. That's one of the words I was always misinterpreting.
Also, I had a friend from Wales come visit me in the U.S. and we took a trip to Memphis. We went to a restaurant where he couldn't understand the server and she couldn't understand him. So, I became the English to English translator.
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:49 PM
 
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Something homely in Britain means it's nice, comfy, familiar.
= homey.

When talking sports in Australia I learned not to talk about what teams i "root" for.

My australian friends learned to stop asking me if it was OK to wear "thongs", eg, "Would it be OK if we wore thongs to the restaurant?"
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Paris, France
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Comparison of American and British English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a pretty good article. There are more differences than you think, particularly regarding the grammar - but people do not realise they are there as they do not generally impede communication; eg:

AmE: Did you eat?
BrE: Have you eaten?

No-one in Britain has a problem understanding American English, we have so much exposure to it on TV and through films, the terms are all second nature. To be honest the differences between various regional dialects of Britain are far greater than between standard AmE and standard BrE.

There are a couple of slip ups to be aware of though, two of the biggest I can think of are saying you're "pissed", which in AmE means you're angry, but in BrE means you're completely drunk. Also watch out for the term "***", which is a highly offensive term for a gay person in the US (the BrE equivalent would be a "poof"), but merely a harmless slang term for a cigarette in Britain.
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:04 AM
 
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"When you have nothing on, come around and knock me up sometime" is bound to get an American guys attention when spoken by an English woman.
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