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June 3, 2015

US vs. Indian English - Talking about Transportation

Talking about how to get from one place to another is a common small talk topic with American counterparts. A typical conversation could start like this: 

Colleague A: How are you today? 
Colleague B: Doing well, and you? 
A: Could be better. The snow just won't stop! Getting to work today was a pain. 
B: Yeah, I got caught in traffic all the way from home to here. 
A: How long did it take you to get to work today? 
B: About 1 hour! (said with irritation) 
A: I hear you! It also took me one hour. It's a good thing I left the house early, or I would have never got here on time. 
B: How long does it usually take you to get to work? 
A: Only about 15 minutes. It took four times as long today. 
B: For me, it's about the same. I hope this weather clears out so the commute home is easier. 
A: Same here. If it stops snowing, and the plows keep the roads clean, I should get home before 7. 

When reading this exchange, what differences between American English and Indian English do you see?

Please leave your feedback in the comments section below.
While considering your answers, please watch the video below that will help you to understand how Americans use English to talk about getting from one place to another.

The video below is not created by Authentic Journeys.

Thank you for spending your time on Authentic Journeys. The author of the blog, Jennifer Kumar is a corporate coach helping Indians communicate and relate with more ease with their US counterparts. The most popular US Culture training program includes interactive activities on Indian vs. American English. Contact her today for more information.

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