I feel like I have been doing a pretty good job at documenting our travels and some aspects on living in the United Kingdom. But every so often I think, 'gosh, I haven't even mentioned how different that is over here'! So, I am going to start a little "tidbit" section so I can remember to post about little differences that you will FOR SURE notice are different than living in the US.
English vs English
I may written about this before, but it still is interesting to me how American English and British English can be so different. I imagined it would be just like Downton Abbey and I would understand everything perfectly (even though there were instances where I had no clue what Lady Grantham was talking about). But here in England, the British English can take on totally different meaning. And couple that with different accents and you can get confused real quick!
Here are a few of the differences from everyday language that we have had to learn:
(American word = British word)
Zip Code=Post Code
Parking Lot=Car Park
Cart=Trolley SO confusing at a Golf Course (carts, buggies, trollies???)
First floor=Second Floor
I seriously feel like I could keep going on with this list, but I won't bore you today. But, as you can see, things can be a little confusing! We have fun with some of our British friends and trade accents for the night. To hear an American accent from a Brit is sometimes disturbing! Do we really sound that terrible??
At first, I felt like I should try and adopt some of the differences but it seems silly sometimes. Trying to pretend that I say words differently than the way I have spoken them all of my life is silly. We are American, we are different, and that's what makes this experience so interesting!