Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 382

Funny old things in America πŸ™‚

These are just things that have fascinated, intrigued or amused me in the land of Uncle Sam this week.

1. The school loud-speaker. Every day at the elementary school, as school is just about to finish, I hear the loud-speaker. It’s the principal or whoever telling the kids about what’s happening tomorrow or that week. Sometimes there is a ‘chosen’ kid who gets to make an announcement, and they are obviously very chuffed to do so – you can tell they are beaming with American pride!

I don’t recall there ever being loud-speakers in UK schools that I went to – a bell rung loudly in our ear to wake us up at 7am in the dormitory at boarding school, yes, but a loud-speaker, nope.

It reminded me of Grease’s Rydell High. Love that! ‘If you can’t be an athlete or you can be an athletic supporter.’ πŸ˜‰

2. British and American differences. The Telegraph ran a recent piece about cultural translation, and this one has stuck with me, and got a few reactions from Brits.

Cultural translations

Cultural translations


3. Rhyming books American style. I was reading a book to Harry that had come from his school library and I realised, after I had read it with my British pronunciation, I really need to read it out loud with American pronunciation to make it rhyme. Try it, you’ll see πŸ˜‰ .

You say tomatoes, I say tomatoes ;)

You say tomatoes, I say tomatoes πŸ˜‰

And here concludes today’s musings.

P.S. The sun is shining today, but there is snow forecast for tomorrow! 😦

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1 Response to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 382

  1. Pat and Pam says:

    Your P.S. reminds me why I prefer living in England. Enjoy the sun while you have it. BTW, it is LOVELY over here today. And tomorrow is supposed to be fairly nice, too.

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