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6. Mind your language

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 SanDiego, 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 newcomer to either the U.S. or India . The words are in no particular order.

INDIAN ENGLISH

AMERICAN ENGLISH

Food Related

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

Lady fingers

Okra

Small pastries

Lady fingers

Toffee

Hard candy

Brinjal

Eggplant

Biscuit

Cookies/ Wafers

Bun

Biscuit

(Potato) Wafers

(Potato) chips

Finger chips

French fries

Groundnuts

Peanuts

INDIAN ENGLISH

AMERICAN ENGLISH

Education Related

Public school

Private school (tuition charged)

Private school

Public school (free)

School

High school

College

School

University

School

High school

School/Junior High

Take a class

Teach a class

Be a student

Take a class

2nd standard

2nd grade

High marks

Good grades

Invigilator

Proctor

Canteen

Cafeteria

Clothes

Windcheater

Windbreaker

Vest

Undershirt

Waistcoat

Vest

Half-pant

Shorts

Purse

Wallet

Swim trunks

Swim suit

Swim costume

Swim suit

Transportation Related

Traffic signal

Traffic light

Boot, dikky

Trunk of a car

Bonnet

Hood of a car

Petrol pump

Gas station

Petrol

Gas

Diesel

Fuel

Pavement

Sidewalk

Footpath

Sidewalk

Zebra Crossing

Crosswalk

Take a lift

Get a ride

Motorcycle

Motorbike

Cycle

Bike



Other

Football

Soccer

American football

(rugby?) Football

Solid

Substantial

Ltd.

Inc.

Transistor

Radio

Two-in-One

Boom box

Goggles

Sunglasses

Cooling glass

Sunglasses

Toilet

Restroom

Guest house

Motel

Current

Electricity

$20 Note

$20 Bill

Cell

Battery

Torch

Flashlight

Rubber

Eraser

Snap

Picture

Photograph

Picture

Mixee (?sp)

Mixer

Dustbin

Trash can

Beggar

Panhandler

IBM-Compatible

IBM-Clone

Inflammable

Flammable

Mess

Dorm cafeteria

Hotel

Restaurant

Restaurant bill

Restaurant check

Picture

Movie

Talkies

Movies

Lift

Elevator

To fix

To install

To repair

To fix

Pram

Stroller

Idioms

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

Straight-away

Right away

Anticlockwise

Counterclockwise

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

Black money

Tax free, undeclared income

Standing from a constituency

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

9 Comments:

  • very helpful

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:50 AM  

  • Oh my gawd!
    Great info.
    Thanks mate

    By Anonymous Johny C, at 9:02 PM  

  • very nice indeed. I wish i would have read this when I came to USA couple of years ago. I learnt everything with experience, but indeed it is really good information for new people.

    By Anonymous Ray, at 8:16 PM  

  • The world is certainly changing. The column headed "Indian English" might at one time have been headed "British English"!

    By Blogger Alan, at 12:51 PM  

  • man,this is great work... thanx. well,brit english surely means indian english wit ofcourse a lil differences... n ya, now i get the joke wen cousins laughed wen i said i ll pass out from XYZ school....lol thanks a lot

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:26 AM  

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    By Blogger anjali acharya, at 2:28 AM  

  • tips from an american:

    swim trunks, motorcycle, and beggar are actually the same in american english., and "photograph," "repair," and "submit" would all be fine and understood.

    and be careful to say "eraser" - in american english, a "rubber" means a condom...you don't want to ask for one in class!

    By Blogger remy, at 4:58 PM  

  • ^^^ lol...well may be , we can..if needed

    By Blogger arjun, at 10:55 AM  

  • Just something to point out:

    Football=Soccer
    American Football= Football

    Rugby is a completely different sport with a different set of rules and regulations. It was developed in New Zealand and Australia and is the predecessor to American Football.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:19 PM  

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