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ENGLISH IN USA

English in USA is very different from what you are used to in India. For successful conversation in the US, it is advisable that you speak slowly and pronounce properly. The changes in pronunciation are like 'schedule' pronounced as 'skedule', 'route' pronounced 'raut' etc. Also some words are totally substituted like 'petrol' by 'gas'.Americans talk sweetly and we must respond similarly.If somebody asks "how-a-u-doin" do not forget to ask them back "how-a-u-doin" after replying to the question. Here is a table of some common words and phrases and how they are pronounced or spoken in USA English.

 

INDIAN ENGLISH

AMERICAN ENGLISH

Common Phrases

To post a letter

To mail a letter

To submit

To turn in

To be out of station

To be out of town

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

ROUTE

Spelled as Raut

Get down from a bus

Get off of a bus

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-a-u-doin)

Iam fine

Iam ok /great/ good / not bad

How is everything?

How is it going?

Pardon me

excuse me

"come again"

Could you repeat that please

Too good

Cool

Food related

Coriander

Cilantro

Cold drink

Soda pop

 Curd

 Yogurt

Chilli(Green chilli,Red chilli)

Pepper ( Green Pepper,Red Pepper)

Nes-coffee

Instant coffee

Filter coffee

Brewed coffee

Milk powder

Cream

French beans

Snow peas

Hotel

Restaurant

Jelly

Gelatin

Garam masalla

Curry Powder

Ladys finger

Okra

Toffee

Hard candy

Brinjal

Eggplant

Biscuit

Cookies/Wafers

Bun

Biscuit

Nes-coffee

Instant coffee

Pizza

Pizza pronounced P-i-t-z-a

Potato chips

Potato wafers

Finger chips

French fries

Groundnuts

Peanuts

Education related

Public school

Public school(School supported by Government)

Private school

Private school(school supported by various private groups)

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

Good marks

Good grades

Invigilator

Proctor

Canteen

Cafeteria

Clothes related

Windcheater

Windbreaker

Vest

Undershirt

Waistcoat

Vest

Half-pant

Shorts

Purse

Wallet

Swim trunks

Swim suit

Driving 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

Miscellaneous

Football

Soccer

American football

Rugby

Solid

Substantial

Ltd.

Inc.

Transistor

Radio

Two-in-One

Boom box

Cooling glass

Sunglasses

Toilet

Restroom

Guest house

Motel

Current

Electricity

$20 Note

$20 Bill

Cell

Battery

Torch

Flashlight

Rubber

Eraser

Photograph

Picture

Mixee

Mixer

Dustbin

Trash can

Beggar

Panhandler

IBM-Compatible

IBM-Clone

Inflammable

Flammable

Mess

Dorm cafeteria

Hotel

Restaurant

Restaurant bill

Restaurant check

Picture,Film

Movie

Talkies

Movies

Lift

Elevator

To fix

To install

To repair

To fix

Pram

Stroller

 
This list is in no way complete. But we hope this will be a start in getting you acquainted with USA English