Learning American English

Are you new to the country on the H1Visa? Indians study and practice British English. There is a lot of difference in American English and the English that Indians speak. You will notice differences in written and spoken English. The following list is compiled to familiarize you with commonly used American English and British English words and phrases.

General Words

Food Related Words

Indian Words

American Words

Indian Words

American Words

Chemist/ Medical store

Drugstore/ pharmacy

Cold drink

Soda

Good name

First name

Soda

Club Soda

Family name/ Surname

Last name

Curd

Yogurt

Fagging

Smoking

Filter coffee

Brewed coffee

Pram

Stroller

Nescafe

Instant coffee

Two-in-One

Boom box

Milk powder

Cream

Transistor

Radio

Corn Flour

Corn Starch

Cell

Battery

Toffee

Candy

Torch

Flashlight

Biscuit

Cookies

Rubber

Eraser

Finger chips

French fries

Fag/cigarette

Smoke

Groundnuts

Peanuts

Condom

Rubber

Brown bread

Wheat bread

Photograph/ snap

Picture

Jelly

Gelatin

Drawing pins

Push pins

Grill

Broil

Gum

Glue

Jug

Pitcher

Goggles

Sunglasses

Bill

Check

STD/ Trunk call

Long distance call

Cup

Mug

Current

Electricity

Tongue Cleaner

Tongue Scraper

Rs. 10 Note

$10 Bill

Drinks without ice

Drinks with no ice

Posting letter

Mailing letter

Tinned food

Canned food

Fainted

Passed out

Mixie

Mixer/Blender

Vomit / puke

Throw up

Education Related Words

Telephone Directory

Phone book

Indian Words

American Words

Engage Tone

Busy Tone

College/ university

School

Cross Connection

Noise

School

High school

Cinema/ Talkies

Movie theater

1st class/ standard

1st grade

Picture

Movie

Bunking classes

Skip classes

Football

Soccer

Invigilator

Proctor

Rugby

Football

Canteen

Cafeteria

Beggar

Panhandler

Z (Alphabet)

Zee (pronounced)

Dustbin

Trash can

Passed out

Graduated

Waste

Trash

Mathematics

Math

Pin Code

Zip Code

Full Stop

Period

Queue

Line

Clothing Related Words

Tyre punctures

Flat Tire

Indian Words

American Words

Hotel

Restaurant

Gallus

Suspenders

Town Side

Down Town

Petticoat

Slip

Shopping Complex

Mall

Tights

Pantyhose

Housing Related Words

Vest

Under shirt

Indian Words

American Words

Waistcoat

Vest

Flat

Apartment

Swimming costume

Swim suit

Bathroom

Washroom

Vegetables Related Words

Toilet/ Loo

Restroom

Indian Words

American Words

Lift

Elevator

Brinjal

Eggplant

Garden

Yard

Lady fingers

Okra

Center Table

Coffee Table

Coriander

Cilantro

Drawing Room

Living Room

Capsicum

Bell Pepper

Driving Related Words

Generally used words

Indian Words

American Words

American Words

Indian Meaning

Petrol Pump

Gas station

Airhead

a stupid person

Petrol

Gas

Con

Cheat

Diesel

Fuel

Cop

Policeman

Dickey of car

Trunk of car

Kicks

Enjoyment

Bonnet of car

Hood of car

Neat

Good

Footpath/Pavement

Sidewalk

Later

Bye

Horn

Honk

Straight

Honest

Zebra Crossing

Pedestrian Crosswalk

Wheels

Car

Crossroad

4-Way road

Dynamite

Powerful

Tram

Streetcar

On the rocks

Drinks with ice

Motorcycle

Motor bike

Buck

Money

Cycle

Bike

Blown away

Greatly impressed

Highways

Freeways

Cut the crap

Get to the point

Taking lift

Getting ride

Face-off

Confront

Lorry

Truck

Mellow out

Calm down

Punctures

Flat tire

Hang loose

Relax

Crossroad

Cross street

Hit the sack

Go to bed

Stepeny

Spare Tyre

Chill

Calm down