When I told my Grandma that I was moving to the US, the first thing she said was:"You'll have the opportunity to learn English."
English being my second language since the early age of 4, I couldn't help but laugh.
Less than a week in US territory, I am laughing no more.
I've become a human Wikipedia, having to explain what my British English words pronounced in a broken Irish accent are failing to express.
· The place where your clothes go is not a wardrobe, but a closet.
· You ask for the restrooms when you want to go to the toilet.
· The elevator lifts you up building floors.
· Fall is the new autumn.
· Supermarkets don't have trolleys, but carts.
· Rubbish is put in trash cans.
· If you have a sweet tooth, you would want some candy.
· When you want take away from restaurants you order take-out.
· City center signs read downtown.
And don't get me started on the spelling: replacing 's' with 'z' or erasing 'u' in words like flavour and colour.
Or the metric system. My head is currently a molotov cocktail of inches, Fahrenheit, pounds, feet...
Indeed Grandma, indeed, I will be learning English.