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Message  gerardM Sam 28 Juin - 17:55

Howdy.

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Message  Didier B Lun 30 Juin - 19:35

Am I wrong or is it the lady at around 7:40 when she says that the British pavement corresponds to the American roadway. To me, Br. pavement corresponds to Am. sidewalk.

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Message  MurielB Lun 30 Juin - 21:33

Didier B a écrit:To me, Br. pavement corresponds to Am. sidewalk.
Hi Didier ! You have a good critical sense and a good level of English ! I would also say sidewalk (not sideway) in American English.
Anybody can help us and tell us if roadway also means sidewalk ?


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Message  gerardM Lun 30 Juin - 22:57

Hi Muriel, Didier,

"Sideways" (not sideway) has got a completely different meaning.

The US word for "pavement" is "sidewalk" (and footpath in Australia).
"Roadway" doesn't mean sidewalk.

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Message  MurielB Mar 1 Juil - 7:09


The US word for "pavement" is "sidewalk" (and footpath in Australia).
Thanks Gérard and for your help !

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Message  Didier B Mar 1 Juil - 8:00

Actually "pavement" is a tricky word, because it means "sidewalk" in British English but more or less road surface or roadway in American English. It seems that the lady in the video (she's got a funny accent, hasn't she?) got entangled in the different meanings of British and American English.

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Message  gerardM Mar 1 Juil - 21:44

Hi Muriel, Didier,

The trainer doesn't have a usual British face nor a very British name...

Other things I found weird:
- her pronunciation of "rear" in "Rear view miror". When she pronounces, I hear something like "rare" (my French ear is perhaps not very good).
- she also says the couple is "wing mirror" in British and "rear view mirror" in American. I don't agree: the inside mirror is rear-view mirror in both British ans American whereas the mirror which is outside is named "wing mirror" in British and "Outside rear-view mirror" in American.
The parts of the vehicle which are on the side, over the wheels are named "wings" in British English, but "fenders" in US English.
- regarding the fast roads, in the US, they can be named "Expressway" or "Interstate" but the most used word is "freeway".
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Message  Didier B Mer 2 Juil - 7:55

gerardM a écrit:Other things I found weird:
- her pronunciation of "rear" in "Rear view miror". When she pronounces, I hear something like "rare" (my French ear is perhaps not very good).
Absolutely, it struck me as well when I listened to her. Well, as usual, we have to appreciate the cornucopia of useful resources we find on the Internet but be quite cautious about them.

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Message  MurielB Jeu 3 Juil - 8:59

Thanks Didier for the word  cornucopia I didn't know. Of course it is important not to take anything at face value !

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Message  Tregouet Ven 4 Juil - 10:28

Or we might call it a side mirror or sometimes side-view mirror. Bt es, the inside one is the rear-view

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Message  gerardM Sam 5 Juil - 18:05

Thanks for your message Tregouet!

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