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Ha ha! Also : Suit yourself! (just do as I have already asked) ; to be fair ( in the face of idiots)
Works the opposite way too. When I offer my British friends another cup of tea (being all genuine!) they get up and leave as if I was rushing them out :D
So, if I a non-US citizen, working in the US says "So far, so good. Let's finetune it just a bit", what do YOU hear?
So... pretty much the same as America, right? Will "Hello" still mean "Fuck you" when I travel?
Heh...this will be good for DrupalCon London.
So true and something I was really struggling with when I lived in the UK (even after 5 years). Other nations would call this lying btw.! :P
Not all Brits speak Brit-speak. By the way, we must have lunch some time!
Better labeled as "native English speaker" vs "naive English speaker" ;)
As a Brit based in Germany, I'm going to print and hand this out to Europeans I meet! ¨j
With the greatest respect, I almost agree with how accurate this is. This is very interesting.
For all my American friends - how to understand what I (and other Brits) are saying to you:
Another cup of tea? | Leave now. | He wants me to stay longer. ;-)
Credit is due to the original (Anglo-Dutch) guide in "I always get my sin" by Maarten H. Rijkens. ISBN: 978 90 453 0280 5.
ah well ... I'm not English and I'm still learning
So this is not a joke as I was thinking. Bloody hell I need to rethink to the phrase I use :)
I use "Imagine my delight", when referring to absolute disasters, and "Quite!", when people are talking nonsense and should shut up
Haha, yup. These sound about right. I use the "I'm sure it's my fault" a large amount
I did my posgrad studies in the UK and it took me quite some time to understand what British mean!
Also left out:
"I have no idea" /UK: "I am absolutely sure of the answer and it's blindingly obvious" /EU: "they don't know the answer"
Missing: "I can see you've worked hard on this" / UK: "it's rubbish" / EU: "they like my work"
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