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Very hot! Drink liquids and avoid overexertion
Warm, can wear shorts, warm enough to swim outdoors in unheated pools.
|50°F||10°C||Chilly, need jacket|
Freezing, cold enough to snow, need jacket, gloves and earmuffs. Minimum temperature for ice to form naturally.
|😌23°F||-5°C||Bone chilling, difficult to be outside without being bundled up.|
Cannot go outside for extended periods (more than 2.5 hours) Iif not bundled up, frostbite can result from relatively short exposure.
In Europe / UK:
Boot (of a car)
Bonnet (of a car)
"The bill, please"
Bus (local transport)
Coach (tour bus)
Arriving at a hotel
Departing from a hotel
People Carrier / MPV
Water closet, wc, loo,
Pushchair, pram or buggy
Cot (for baby)
Braces (for trousers)
Braces (for teeth)
Sticking plaster, elastoplast
Take the p***/mickey out of
Stalls (in a theater venue)
"By Rail"/"Rail Station"
Mineral water (bubbly)
In the U.S.:
"The check, please"
Bus (sometimes 'coach')
Bathroom, restroom, ladies room,
Tennis shoes, sneakers
Parking garage (indoor), parking lot
Popsicle, ice pop
Stroller, baby carriage (= "pram" only)
Pooped, zonked, tired, beat
Panties (women only), underwear
Q-tip, cotton swab
Drunk, wasted, hammered
(Same as U.S. translation)
Make fun of
Waist, Hip Pack (sometimes fanny)
Cart, Buggy (Southern U.S.)
Jelly (or Jam)
Tee Shirt (or t-shirt)
English Muffin (similar)
Traffic Circle ('Rotary' in portions of New England)
Tire (same pronunciation)
The Subway, Light Rail,
"By Train"/"Train Station"
Club soda, seltzer, sparkling water, Pellegrino
How Dates are Expressed in the U.S.
The format in America for dates follow a very different pattern than other parts of the world: November 7th, 2012 would be recorded as 11-7-12 (month, day, year) rather than 7-11-12 (day, month, year.) The other way around to American ears make them think you are quoting a summer rather than autumn date (they will think of July), so be careful!
Europeans in general should take care to know that the 24 hour clock is very rarely used in the US, and usually only by medical experts, the military, and the post office. Also, clocks usually don't indicate a.m. or p.m, as it is simply a matter of looking around (many rail stations are outdoors.) Rail (train) and bus timetables do not use the 24 hour clock either, but rather list the times of the trains in the order they leave, with the assumption that the ones at the beginning of the list are a.m., and ones at the end of the list are p.m.
The United States was settled by immigrants from many different countries, and these immigrants tended to congregate in different areas. Thus, each region of the United States has its own unique dialect, accent, and vocabulary. Residents of New England and the Southeast have very distinctive accents, which are sometimes incomprehensible even to travelling Americans! Americans living in the western states tend to have less accented speech, but use different slang than their eastern counterparts. American language changes a lot from year to year, with new words constantly used in everyday speech and in publications. Check out the American Dialect Society webpage for a list of new words that have been informally inducted into American English each year. Slang city is another good resource for learning about American slang.
Here are a few examples of different vocabulary used around the country:
Carbonated beverages: These can be called "soda", "pop" "tonic" or "coke," regardless of the type of carbonated beverage referred to. Usage varies by geography. Read more about it here.
A popular sandwich in the U.S. is contructed on a long, baguette-like roll (but usually softer, not crusty). Fillings can be deli-meats, steak and cheese, tuna or chicken salad or veal, chicken or meatballs with sauce and cheese. Depending on where you order it, this sandwich can be called a "sub", a "grinder" (New Englanders say "grind-dah"), a "hero", a "bomb" or a "hoagie". No matter what you call them, they're delicious!
If you are visiting Hawaii, you can go a long way with knowing these Hawaiian words:
Aloha (ah-LOW-hah) - Hello, goodbye, love
Mahalo (mah-HAH-low) - Thank you
Also, restrooms may be marked:
Kane (KAH-nay) - Man
Wahine (wah-HEE-nay) - Woman
Also, Instead of north, south, east or west,
directions may be given as:
Makai (mah-KYE) - Towards the ocean
Mauka (MOW-kah) - Towards the mountains
And, of course, English works, too.