The Traveler's Calc (Brit in America Edition) helps you convert prices in dollars and Imperial units into those familiar to the British Traveler. This calculator contains useful conversions of currency and product units into common units in the U.K. with automatic currency conversions to the Great Britain Pound.
|Current Exchange Rates
| $1.00 equals £0.816 GBP
| £1.00 equal $1.226 USD
Buying by Liquid Volume: Milk and petrol are sold in America by the gallon.
Buying by Weight/Mass (Pounds to Kilogram): Meat, cheese and butter are sold in America by the pound.
Buying by Weight/Mass (Ounces to Grams): Perfume, chemicals and drugs are sold by the ounce.
English to American Lexicon
In America ...
- a car's boot is called the "trunk" and a car's bonnet is called the "hood".
- petrol is called gas, which is short for gasoline.
- chips are called "French fries" and crisps are called "chips".
- fizzy drinks like Coca Cola and Sprite are called "soda" in some places, "pop" in others and "tonic" in Boston.
- a laundrette is called a laundromat.
- the servers at restaurants and pubs typically receive a 20% gratuity (tip) from the consumer (you) at the end of the meal. It's left on the table as one leaves, handed directly to the waiter or waitress in dodgy places, or added to the credit card bill. It is not mandatory, but it's absence is considered very rude unless the service was truly bad.
- motorways are called Interstates
- driving directions are given according to the compass heading on a road or motorway and for distances expressed in travel time. They would say that Cambridge is an hour and a half north of London on the M11.
- a lorry is a "truck" and a coach is a "bus"
- their Undergrounds go by different names depending on the city. In Washington, D.C., it's the Metro. In Boston it's the "T". In New York, it's the subway. In Chicago, it's the "El", but subway seems to be the most universally recognized term.
- things tend to be less expensive than in the U.K.
- few people understand cricket or rugby
- the Democratic Party is more like Labor and the Republican Party is more like the Tories
- people in the city tend to be Democrats and people in the countryside tend to be Republicans.
- they usually can't tell that your from England, Scotland, Wales or North Ireland by your accent, let alone Cornwall, Yorkshire or any other smaller part of the U.K.
- they usually think you're smart or at least interesting because of your "English Accent".
- they might say "Excuse me?" or "Please?" with a quizzical brow if they don't understand what you said and want you to repeat it.
- they are usually kind, patient and helpful to Brits if you ask for help with a smile.
- they will shake your hand when you talk to them.
- they generally think highly of the U.K..