Looking north west from the northern end of the Caledonian Canal in Inverness. Mountain could be Ben Wyvis, not sure
Lost in Translation
Pete Bettess Personal

Translating British Meanings
The difference between what English people say and mean and what foreign people think they mean|






I hear what you say


I disagree and do not want to discuss it further


He accepts my point of view

With the greatest respect


You are an idiot


He is listening to me

That's not bad


That's good


That's poor

That is a very brave proposal


You are insane


He thinks I have courage

Quite good


A bit disappointing


Quite good

I would suggest


Do it or be prepared to justify yourself


Think about the idea, but do what you like

Oh, incidentally/ by the way


The primary purpose of our discussion is


That is not very important

I was a bit disappointed that


I am annoyed that


It doesn't really matter

Very interesting


That is clearly nonsense


They are impressed

I'll bear it in mind


I've forgotten it already


They will probably do it

I'm sure it's my fault


It's your fault


Why do they think it was their fault?

You must come for dinner


It's not an invitation, I'm just being polite


I will get an invitation soon

I almost agree


I don't agree at all


He's not far from agreement

I only have a few minor comments


Please rewrite completely


He has found a few typos

Could we consider some other options


I don't like your idea


They have not yet decided





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