My old blog reawakens so I can capture the moments when I speak a different language to my hosts. Even after 10 years living in California, it happens pretty regularly. Here’s the first one:

When: yesterday

Where: Cafe Flore, Castro, San Francisco CA

Britishism: “I rang you up earlier to make a to go order”

Response: blank look. Colleague intervenes and translates. Turns out he lived in Liverpool for some years.

Rang up (US English): to record or enter (a specified amount) on a cash register