Had a very odd conversation today.
I was talking to someone at work.
I thought I was speaking English- our common language.
But things got all complicated when I told Meg and Amy to go get their stuff together so we could go have tea as I didn't know about them but I was hungry.
Seems in the US you only drink tea. And you eat dinner.
Me? I eat dinner twice a year- Christmas Dinner and Birthday Dinner, I eat tea every evening and prefer drinking coffee to tea.
I was asked if all Australians call the evening meal tea and I couldn't answer. Hmmm.... noone in Australia has ever looked puzzled when I said it so I'm thinking I'm not the only one anyway...
So, aware now that I was having a cross-cultural conversation I asked Amy to go to the bathroom before we left remembering that toilet is a bit of a dirty word in North America. Well, this time it was M and A's turn to be confused.
"You have a bath at work?"
"Why does Amy have to have a bath before dinner?"
In the end I had to use the t-word to sort things out anyway.
I feel like one of my students:
"English is so difficult!"