Misunderstanding English: American vs. British

While the Philippines is already recognized worldwide as one of the top English-speaking communities in Asia, there are still some Pinoys who are prone to using words or sentences that mean something else to native English speakers. A simple message can be expressed clearly with American or British English speakers by learning and understanding the basics of how to communicate just like a native English speaker. Check out the side-by-side comparisons below to see the difference between American English and British English.

 

PINOY ENGLISH

AMERICAN ENGLISH

BRITISH ENGLISH

ref/frigidaire

refrigerator/ice box

fridge

I’m fine, thank you.

I’m good/Pretty good.

Formal: I’m fine, thank you and you?

Informal: Fine thanks. You?

 Come again?I beg your pardon?/Pardon?Sorry?/Excuse me?

Oven toaster

Toaster

Toaster oven

Hi/Hello

How are you?

How do you do?

For a while

 Just a minute Just a second

Hold your line/Hold on

 Please stay on the line

Please hold

Hang on

Hold on

Hang in there

 ride/takeget on catch

I’ll transfer your call

 Connecting your call…

I’m putting you through

Who’s this please?/ Who’s on the line?

 May I ask who’s calling?

Who’s calling please?/May I ask who’s calling?/Could I have your name, please?

Cellphone

Cell

Mobile/mobile phone/phone

gas/fuel

gasoline

petrol

 brownout blackout power cut
 Where do you live? Where are you from? Where do you come from?
 comfort room bathroom/restroomtoilet/loo/john/bog
cabinet closet wardrobe
 waste/trash trash/garbage rubbish
 imitation/fake replica/fakefake/counterfeit/knock-off
 rubber shoes sneakers trainers/runners
hand carry carry-on baggage/carry-on luggage hand luggage
 take-home take-out/to gotakeaway
 officemate co-workerworkmate/colleague
merry-go-roundcarouselroundabout
 bottomless refillable unlimited refills
 main branch corporate headquarters/main office/head officehead office/headquarters
 open/close (electricity) switch on/switch off turn on/turn off
 next next weekthe next two weeks/the week after nextthe week after next
 aircon air conditionerair conditioner/AC
 super duper extraordinary marvellous
 swimming pool wading poolpaddling pool
 bro dude/man mate
 load (cellphone) funds/credit credit
 trash can garbage candustbin
 flexible work hours flextime flexitime
 bridal shower bachelorette partyhen night
 model unit/model house model homeshow house/home
 stag party bachelor partystag night
power outletelectrical outlet
power point