Speak English

The British term “orange juice with bits” can be translated as “orange juice with pulp.”

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Today begins the fresh “Speak English” series. The first time my husband and I visited the UK we were told, by a disgruntled Englishman, to speak English. We were on the subject of my husband’s shoes. To us, they were “tennis shoes.” To him, they were “trainers.”  In a fun-loving effort to learn to “speak English,” I’ll be sharing proper English terms I learn along the way.

12 Comments
  1. ha, too funny! It's amazing how much of a difference there can be in the same language. Even without an ocean to cross, there's little oddities everywhere! For example the pop/coke/soda thing.

  2. I will LOVE this series!  I call the "bits" in OJ,  "plankton".

  3. This is will be helpful when I arrive in England on Wednesday!

  4. I love this! We could do the same thing in the US for different parts of the country. I didn't realize until I got to college that soda was called anything other than soda!

  5. You should hear some of the terms we use here. Traffic light = robot.

  6. We moved to England from Australia in February and I still can't remember to call things by their English name. What we would call 'ice-blocks' are 'ice-lollies' and what we call 'lollies' are actually 'sweeties' : )

  7. Oh you will have a blast!  Remember to listen for Cockney slang, as well :)  We lived in England for 5 yrs.  We came home in '08 and still I speak in "English".  A cell phone is a mobile!  That one makes PERFECT sense to me lol

  8. Sorry child hit return! Welcome to the home of history and confusion – we are working with half british/half south african via aussie and american mates. It can get confusing but makes the language all the richer! Enjoy England

  9. This was my favorite "Difference": quay in America is peonounced kw(long)a, while in England it's pronounced key.  However, ferry over to France for kay :)

  10. LOL good luck! I moved to the UK in 2010 after a 6 month visit in 2008-2009 and I have fully embraced British English to the point that an American friend visiting me told me that I needed to speak American English because I was American!

  11. I am loving this, I have moved to the States from England and we are experiencing the same.  I often confuse my friends when I say put it in the 'boot' , trunk to you guys.   I have only just discovered what a 'jumper' is, to us English it's a sweater,  but in America it would be the same as our pinnafore.

    • Hey thanks Sasha. I’ll have to post some of these terms. Thanks for sharing!

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