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    Re: Please help with British English

    I'm an old hand, and I still get the advertising first.

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    #12

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    In British English would you say, "We will have a holiday next week"?
    You could, but we do generally call them bank holidays.
    Last edited by Tdol; 01-Apr-2018 at 16:52. Reason: the -> them

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    #13

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    Thanks, E!

    How about if Easter was next week, without a corresponding going-on-holiday? What would you say?

    Sorry if it sounds like I’m nick-picking, but these are exactly the kinds of things that confuse my Mainland Chinese students, especially as I make a big point of distinguishing between American and British English. I want them to get it right and approximate native English as much as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NinjaTurtle View Post
    Thanks, Emsr2d2! (I assume "E" meant me! When you mention usernames, please use the whole name.)

    How about if Easter was next week, without a corresponding going-on-holiday? What would you say?
    I'm not sure what you mean. If I didn't want to mention the word "holiday", I'd just say "It's Easter next week".

    Sorry if it sounds like I’m nick nit-picking, but these are exactly the kinds of things that confuse my Mainland Chinese students, especially as I make a big point of distinguishing between American and British English. I want them to get it right and approximate native English as much as possible.
    It's not nit-picking exactly but most people survive by simply knowing that it's (usually) "holiday" in BrE and "vacation" in AmE. Also, AmE uses things like "We're going to stay with my parents for the holidays" but BrE would use something like "We're going to stay with my parents for Christmas/Easter".
    In all honestly, with things like this, it's hard to get the (near-)native nuances of some phrases without at least living somewhere long-term.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Apr-2018 at 14:29. Reason: Fixed typo. Thanks, Piscean.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Sorry Rover, that link just takes me to a page trying to sell me English lessons.
    Did you wait a few seconds to give the page time to load?

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    #16

    Re: Please help with British English

    Hi everybody!

    Does British English prefer a different way to refer to “bathroom”? Is there preferred way to ask, “Where is the bathroom?” in British English?

    emsr2d2,

    The sentence "We're going to stay with my parents for the holidays" is not British English?

    Rover,

    The page loads after giving the page time to load, but only gives me these choice:
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    #17

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    Where's the toilet?

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    #18

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    jutfrank,

    Thanks for the feedback. When Mainland Chinese speak in English, they always use the term WC for toilet, as in, “Where is the WC?” I was wondering if that is British English since it is not American English.

    Did “Where is the WC?” used to be common British English but is not anymore?

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    #19

    Re: Please help with British English

    Click here to see a rough guide to usage and frequency of terms covering such facilities.

    I know you asked about BE, but for an interesting comparison, change the corpus to American English.

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    #20

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    Bathroom is OK in BrE, though things like toilet are more common. We tend not to use the more euphemistic American terms like restroom.

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