Wednesday, 4 February 2015

ENGLISH: AMERICAN VS. BRITISH

When I was preparing to move to London, I remember thinking," Oh, at least I won't have to learn a new language while trying to adjust to a new city." Well, England and America may both speak English, but there are more language differences than I thought! Having these differences can lead to some funny situations and often, some blank stares. If you're headed across the pond anytime soon, be sure to remember the British names for these things:

1) Eggplant (U.S)- This, my friends, is Aubergine here in England. Most people will look confused like you've just named an exotic vegetable if you use the American version.

2) Arugula (U.S)- If you're ordering a salad, you might see that it's called Rocket across the pond. Again, more blank stares.

3) Pants (U.S)- A couple of weeks ago, I asked the saleslady where I might find some black pants. Well, imagine my surprise when I was directed to the Ladies' underwear section. If you want pants and not underwear, ask for trousers! The English pants is equivalent to underwear/ knickers, etc.

4) Trash Can (U.S)- You'll want to ask for the bin if you're looking to throw something away. I made this mistake on my first day of work and my co-workers still poke fun at me about it!

5) Chips (U.S)- Chips are those crunchy things made by Lay's, right? Wrong. In England, chips are what us Americans would call "fries". So if you're looking for chips, make sure to ask for crisps in England. Unless you don't mind getting fries that is.

These four differences above are just a few examples; there are still so many  English phrases and words that I've come to love. I find myself using the English version of things more and more. Now, maybe I'll get a nice accent as well ;)

Xoxo,
Karen
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  1. Hehe, I don't know why these make me giggle! They are good to know! I just can't imagine myself saying "trousers" hehehehe

    Gina
    Pink Wings

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    1. I'm the same way, Gina!! I feel so proper and unnatural when I say "trousers" I feel like I should be saying it with a British accent!
      Xoxo,
      Karen

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  2. Omg, I was thinking for such a long time why don't we have rocket salad here in Canada since few of the UK recipes included it, not I know that we have it all that time, it was just Arugula))))

    Tanya
    www.stripesnvibes.com
    BlogLovin

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    1. It's confusing right? I always have to remember rocket because it's one of my favorite salads!

      Xoxo,
      Karen

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  3. We were in London over the summer and I can't even tell you how hard of a time I had with certain things LOL! xo, Biana

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    1. Oh I know right? It's not as easy as people would think!!

      Xoxo,
      Karen

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  4. This is too funny! I definitely want to visit one day! So crazy how the same language can be so different!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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    1. Hi Shannon! You should definitely visit sometime, it's a great city!

      Xoxo,
      Karen

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  5. I enjoyed reading this! This is actually helpful too!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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    1. Thanks girl! I'm glad they were helpful :)

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  6. I've been studying English for years now and these tips are very useful, I'm gonna make sure to have them on mind the next time I visit England. Have a great weekend Karen!

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    1. Hi Constance! I'm so glad that these tips helped :) Have a great weekend!!

      Xoxo,
      Karen

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  7. Love this! I didn't know that about arugula! One of my faves is gerkins vs. pickles. So silly! :)
    xx

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    1. I didn't know about gerkins vs. pickles! ah, another thing I have to remember to use the correct word for!
      xx
      Karen

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