Having now lived in Boston, MA, USA for almost 5 years, I thought I’d share some fun differences I’ve noticed as an Aussie living in the States.
- A faucet is a tap
- A/C instead of Air Con
- Sidewalk instead of footpath
- Elevator instead of taking the lift
- Taking vacation instead of going on holiday
- Fall instead of Autumn
- Cookies instead of biscuits (in fact, biscuits are more like savoury scones in the US)
- Burgers are for beef, so what Aussies would call a chicken burger is actually a chicken sandwich in the US
- College students have special names for each year of college: freshman, sophomore, junior, senior (rising junior is someone who’s about to go into their 3rd year).
- Keep to the right side of the elevator in the US (in Australia it’s the left)
- Pumpkin spice everything in fall!
- Halloween celebrations (we don’t make a huge deal of Halloween back in Australia)
- Learning about shovelling snow (never saw snow until I moved to Boston)
- Seasons start on the 21st of the month (it’s the 1st day of the month in Australia)
- People talk about time in terms of seasons. I’ll do this next Summer/Fall etc (in Australia, we talk in months since the seasons kind of blend into one another and there’s not really a huge distinction between seasons)
- Date is written MM/DD/YYYY instead of DD/MM/YYYY
- If you order coffee in the US, you will get drip coffee. In Australia, there’s no drip coffee and only espresso options.
- Thanksgiving celebrations is unique to the US
- People in the US take their holidays during the summer months ~July to August. In Australia, it’s generally around Christmas from December-January so don’t expect quick email responses during these dates