American Lingo

Are you new to the United States on a visa? 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.
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Indian WordsAmerican Words

Chemist/medical store

Drugstore/pharmacy
Cold drinkSoda
Good nameFirst name
Family name/surnameLast name
CurdYogurt
FaggingSmoking
Filter coffeeBrewed coffee
PramStroller
NescafeInstant coffee
Two-in-oneBoombox
Milk powderCream
TransistorRadio
Corn flourCorn starch
CellBattery
ToffeeCandy
TorchFlashlight
BiscuitCookies
RubberEraser
Finger chipsFrench fries
GroundnutsPeanuts
Brown breadWheat bread
Photograph/snapPicture
JellyGelatin
Drawing pinsPush pins
GrillBroil
GumGlue
JugPitcher
GogglesSunglasses
BillCheck
STD/trunk callLong distance call
CupMug
CurrentElectricty
Tongue cleanerTongue scraper
Rs. 10 note$10 bill
Drinks without iceDrinks with no ice
Posting letterMailing letter
Tinned foodCanned food
FaintedPassed out
MixieMixer/blender
Vomit/pukeThrow up
Telephone directoryPhone book
Engage toneBusy tone
Cross connectionNoise
Cinema/talkiesMovie theater
PictureMovie
FootballSoccer
RugbyFootball
BeggarPanhandler
DustbinTrash can
WasteTrash
Pin codeZip code
QueueLine
Tyre punctureFlat tire
HotelRestaurant
Town sideDowntown
Shopping complexMall

Clothing Related Words

Indian WordsAmerican Words
GallusSuspenders
PetticoatSlip
TightsPantyhose
VestUndershirt
WaistcoatVest
Swimming costumeSwimsuit

Housing Related Words

Indian WordsAmerican Words
FlatApartment
BathroomWashroom
Toliet/looRestroom
LiftElevator
GardenYard
Center tableCoffee table
Drawing roomLiving room

Vegetable Related Words

Indian WordsAmerican Words
BrinjalEggplant
Lady fingersOkra
CorianderCilantro
CapsicumBell pepper

Driving Related Words

Indian WordsAmerican Words
Petrol pumpGas station
PetrolGas
DieselFuel
Dickey of carTrunk of car
Bonnet of carHood of car
Footpath/pavementSidewalk
HornHonk
Zebra crossingPedestrian crosswalk
Crossroad4-way road
TramStreetcar
MotorcycleMotor bike
CycleBike
HighwaysFreeways
Taking liftGetting a ride
LorryTruck
PuncturesFlat tire
CrossroadCross street
StepenySpare tire

Generally Used Words

Indian WordsAmerican Words
ConCheat
CopPoliceman
KicksEnjoyment
NeatGood
LaterBye
WheelsCar
DynamitePowerful
On the rocksDrinks with ice
BuckMoney
Blown awayGreatly impressed
Cut the crapGet to the point
Face-offConfront
Mellow outCalm down
Hang looseRelax
Hit the sackGo to bed
ChillCalm down
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