American Language
People who come to the USA from India rarely have difficulty in communicating with Americans, because most speak fluent English or have received their education in English. However, Indians speak British English, and there are many differences between British English and American English.

Therefore, if you are not familiar with correct words, there may be some confusion while communicating. Sometimes, the spelling of the words may be the same but they are pronounced differently. For example, "schedule" is pronounced "skedule," " route" is pronounced  "raut," and "vitamin" is pronounced "vaitamin."

If the person you're speaking with is having a hard time understanding, you may hear phrases like "pardon me," "come again," "I didn't get you," or "I'm sorry?"

The following dictionary helps you translate Indian English to American English. Words are given by categories; within each category, they are listed alphabetically.

Clothing
Indian English
American English
Braces
Suspenders
Half-pant
Shorts
Half sleeves
Short sleeves
Handbag
Purse, Pocketbook, Change purse
Jumper
Sweater
Ladders (in stockings)
Runs
Neckerchief
Scarf
Overcoat (light)
Topcoat, Coat, Jacket
Overcoat (heavy)
Overcoat, Coat
Oversize
Extra large
Petticoat
Slip
Pinafore dress
Jumper
Polo-neck sweater
Turtle-neck sweater
Purse
Wallet
Sanitary towel
Sanitary napkin, pad
Sports shoes
Sneakers, Athletic shoes, Running shoes
Suspenders
Garters
Swim costume
Swim suit
Swim trunks
Swim suit
Tights
Panty hose
Trial room
Fitting room
Trousers
Trousers, Pants, Slacks
Vest
Under shirt
Waistcoat
Vest
Waist petticoat
Half slip
Wind cheater
Wind breaker


Education
Indian English
American English
3rd standard
3rd grade
Be a student
Take a class
Canteen
Cafeteria
College
School
Higher Secondary School
High School
Invigilator
Proctor
Marks
Grades
Mark sheet
Grade card
Primary school
Elementary school
Private school
Public school (free)
Public school
Private school (tuition charged)
Secondary School
Junior High School
Take a class
Teach a class
University
School


Food
Indian English
American English
Biscuit
Cookie (if sweet), Cracker (if salty)
Brinjal
Eggplant
Brown bread
Whole wheat bread
Bun
Biscuit
Cafe ("kayf")
Cafe ("kaf-ay'")
Capsicum
Bell pepper
Chocolate, Lollipop, Sweet, Toffee
Candy
Cold drink
Soda
Coriander
Cilantro
Curd
Yogurt
Dry grapes
Raisins
Filter coffee
Brewed coffee
Finger chips
French fries
French beans
Snow peas
Garam masala
Curry
Groundnuts
Peanuts
Hotel
Restaurant (only for eating)
Hotel (for staying and/or eating)
Jelly
Gelatin
Milk powder
Cream
Nes-coffee
Instant coffee
Lady fingers
Okra
(Potato) wafers
(Potato) chips
Saccrine
Artificial sweetener
Soft drink
Soda
Small pastries
Lady fingers
Soda
Club soda
Tomato sauce
Ketchup (tomato sauce is less sweet)


Other
Indian English
American English
Aerial (for TV)
Antenna
All year
All year or year-round
American football
(similar to Rugby in UK)
Football
At weekends
On weekends
Autumn
Fall
Barrister
Trial lawyer
Basin
Bowl (basin means bathroom sink)
Bath
Shower (when you fill tub and sit to wash, it is a bath)
Beggar
Panhandler
Bookstall
Newsstand
Bucket
Bucket or pail
Camp bed
Cot or roll-away
Chewing Gum
Gum
Cell
Battery
Cinema
Movie theater
Clever
Smart or bright
Cooling glass
Sunglasses
Colony
Neighborhood
Creche
Daycare
Cricket (a game)
Cricket (an insect)
Curriculum-vitae or Bio-data
Resume
Current
Electricity
Current account
Checking account
Deposit account
Savings account
Diary
Journal
District or Taluk
County
Doctor
Doctor or Physician
Dustbin
Trash can
Earth wire
Ground wire
Flat
Apartment ("flats" mean shoes without high heels)
Ex-serviceman
Veteran
Football
Soccer
Hoarding
Billboard
Hotel
Restaurant
Gang
Mob
Garage
Garage, Shop, Service station
Garbage
Trash
Garden
Yard
Give test
Take test
Goods
Freight
Goods wagon
Freight car, Container
Gramophone
Phonograph, Turntable, Record player
Grill
Broil
Guest house
Motel
Gum
Glue
Goggles
Sunglasses
IBM-Compatible
IBM-Clone
Inflammable
Flammable
Jug
Pitcher
Kiosk
Booth
Lawyer
Lawyer or Attorney
Lift
Elevator
Ltd.
Inc.
Main city area
Downtown (most of the time), Uptown
Mate
Friend ("mate" is used only for spouse)
Mess
Dorm cafeteria
Mixee
Mixer
Multi-storey
High-rise, Skyscraper
Nice
Nice, Cool
Operation theatre
Operating room
Perks
Perks, Fringe benefits, Benefits, Employment benefits
Photograph
Picture
Picture
Movie
Plot of land
Lot
Policeman
Policeman, Cop, Police officer
Porter
Doorman
Nappies
Diapers
Notepad
Notepad, Scratchpad
Ordinary share
Common stock
Pack of cards
Deck of cards
Paisa
Penny, One cent
Past performance
Track record
Pin code, postal code
ZIP code
Point, Powerpoint
Outlet, Electrical outlet
Postbox
Mailbox (for home/apartment)
Postbox (for rented box located in post office)
Pram
Perambulator
Stroller
Promenade
Boardwalk
Race course
Race track, The track
Queue
Line
Restaurant bill
Restaurant check
Rs. 20 Note
$20 Bill
Rubber
Eraser ("rubber" is the slang for condom!)
Snap
Picture
Solicitor
Lawyer, Attorney
Solid
Substantial
Spectacles
Glasses
Suitcase
Suitcase, Baggage, Bag
Switchboard
Power strip ("switchboard" is for a telephone operator)
Tap
Faucet
Talkies
Movie theater
Tea towel
Dish towel
Timber
Timber, Lumber
Tin (of food)
Can
To dispatch
To ship
To fix
To install
Toilet
Restroom
Torch
Flashlight
To repair
To fix
Trade union
Labor union
Transistor
Radio
Two-in-One
Boom box
Washing clothes
Doing laundry


Pronunciation Difference
Indian English
American English
Carolina
Carolaina
Regional
Riganal
Schedule
Skedul
Semi
Semai
Vitamin
Vaitamin


Shopping
Indian English
American English
Bill
Check
Carrier bag
Shopping bag
Chemist
Drugstore, Pharmacy
Cotton (reel of)
Thread
Cotton wool
Absorbent cotton
Dispensary
Drugstore, Pharmacy
Drawing pins
Thumb tacks
Expensive stores
Upscale stores
Hair slide
Barrette
Jumble sale
Garage sale, Yard sale
Line of open shops, shopping center
Strip mall ("strip club" has a totally different meaning)
Material (by yard)
Fabric
Provision store
Grocery store
Provision store man
Grocer
Shop
Shop, Store
Shop assistant
Salesclerk
Shopping center
Mall
Vegetable store
Grocery store


Spelling Difference
Indian English
American English
Cheque
Check
Centre
Center
Colour
Color
Dialled
Dialed
Grey
Gray
Jewellery
Jewelry
Labour
Labor
Omelette
Omelet
Programme
Program
Theatre
Theater
Travelling
Traveling


Telephone
Indian English
American English
Charge call
Collect call
Directory
Phone book
Personal call
Person-to-person
Put the phone down
Hang up, Disconnect
Mobile Phone
Cell Phone
Reverse the charges
Collect call
STD code
Area code
STD/PCO
Public phone, Pay phone
Telephone call
Phone call, Call
To ring up
To call/to give
To telephone
Buzz
Trunk call
Long distance call


Theater
Indian English
American English
Dress circle
Mezzanine
Houseful
Full house
Gallery
Balcony
Stalls
Orchestra
Upper Circle
First balcony


Transportation
Indian English
American English
Accelerate the car
Step on the gas
Air hostess
Flight attendant
Bonnet
Hood
Boot, dicky
Trunk
Car accelerator
Gas pedal
Car parking
Parking lot
Caravan
Trailer or RV (recreational vehicle)
Coach
Bus
Cycle
Bike
Diesel
Fuel
Footpath
Sidewalk
Flyover
Overpass
Gear stick
Stick shift
Highway
Freeway, Expressway, Interstate
Lorry
Truck
Motorcycle
Motor bike
Motor ways
Freeways
Mudguard/wing
Motor bike
Number plate
License plate
Overbridge
Overpass
Pavement
Sidewalk
Petrol
Gas
Petrol pump
Gas station
Punctured tire
Flat tire
Railtrack
Railroad
Return ticket
Round trip
Silencer
Muffler (a "silencer" is used to quiet the sound of a gun)
Signal
Signal, Traffic light
Single ticket
One-way ticket
Take a lift
Get a ride
Taxi
Taxi, Cab
Traffic signal
Traffic light
Tram
Streetcar
Underbridge
Underpass
Underground
Subway
Windscreen
Windshield
Zebra Crossing
Crosswalk


Technology
Indian English
American English
Net
Internet
Site
Web site
Mail
Email
Post
Mail
@ in email address = 'at the rate'
@ in email address = 'at'


Idioms
Indian English
American English
A place to park
Driveway
A place to drive
Parkway
Anti clockwise
Counter-clockwise
Black money
Tax free, Undeclared income
Bunk school
Skip class
Convince someone
Talk someone into
Dismissed (from job)
Fired (from job, for fault of employee)
Laid off (from job, for no fault of employee)
Fainted
Passed out
Get down (from a bus)
Get off (of a bus)
Give the car some race
Speed up the car
How is everything?
How is it going?
How are you?
How are you doing?
I am angry at you
I am mad at you
Indian
Indian - Native American
East Indian - Person from India
Intimate
Inform
Issue a book (from the library)
Check out a book (from the library)
Join duty
Report for work
Let's make a move
Let's go
Let's push off
Let's go
Mess up
Screw up
Passed out
Graduated
Push the accelerator
Step on the gas
Ring up (someone)
Call up (someone)
Sleep in the afternoon
Nap
Standing from a constituency
Running for an election
Straight-away
Right away
The line is engaged
It's busy / I got a busy tone
To appear in (give) a test
To take a test
To be out of station
To be out of town
Too good
Cool
To post (a letter)
To mail (a letter)
To submit
To turn in
Very Close Relations
Intimate relations
Washing up machine
Dishwasher
Wash up
Do the dishes
Wash your hands
Wash up
What is time?
Do you have the time?