I want to write some honest product reviews. In the UK I would use phrases like 'totaly frank', 'up front', 'blunt' 'to the point'. - any suggestions for US equivalents since I am aiming for a US audience.
Thanks in advance you lovely lot.
I can't help other than to give the thread a bump. I speak Australian English myself, so it would be like "fair dinkum" in ya face and all. Plenty of Americans here fortunately!
You don't really say 'fair dinkum' do you? What about 'flammin gallar' (sp?). Thanks for the bump. It has just occured to my tiny feeble mind that all the Americans are asleep right not so I will need to bump this again later or have it lost forever.
Like Earnest I'll try to help, maybe after I put another shrimp on the barbie.
Half of bloody Melbourne is on hubpages tonight I swear!
G'Day fellow Melbourneans
Stupid threatening clouds and rain keep me off my bike, so I'm stuck with HubPages
But I guess it's not too bad
Speaking (well...typing really) as an American, I have to say I use all the phrases you just did. I find it interesting you don't think Americans talk that way. Okay, to be honest, I'd spell totally with two "Ls" but otherwise, what you've said so far seems the same as what I'd say, at least based on how I myself speak and write.
Well, you had the two L's thing down pat, only to flub yourself. You need to use either I or myself, not both. That is redundant. In fact, I don't see how using myself in your answer, would even fit; unless you were to restructure the sentence.
sounds fine to me, we use all of those words/phrases.
it may also help to read product reviews to see how others write. check out 'hubs' and 'topics' categories here on HP for some great write-ups.
". In the UK I would use phrases like 'totaly frank', 'up front', 'blunt' 'to the point'."
Those are all common phrases in the US.
Straightforward, unswerving, or direct would be good choices. Hope this helps.
I'm an American, and I use...
to the point
to be frank
I think, to begin with, you should Read Mark Twain ... see how he Describes Events, Sentiments and People ...
I would say 'to be honest', or 'to come straight to the point' as well, but other than that, what you say is pretty much what we say. well, im a canadian, but other than the occasional 'eh', canadians and americans speak the same language. hope that helps.
Don't forget the occasional French word or two also lol
I have a question: For the sake of search engines, is it better to us American variations of words and spelling rather than British? I mean with words like 'color' rather than 'colour', or 'blush' rather than 'blusher'.
Yes, Jayne, if you're trying to reach an american market. In fact, lol, kind of embarassing, me being american and all, but you also might try tagging with the common american mis-spellings. I read that somewhere.
Spacey's phrases are fine.
Megs I can't understand at all...
I don't know if it makes a huge difference. google does the auto-correction for misspelled words at the top of a search page.
it will say, 'did you mean ________'. with the correct spelling.
this came out recently in their blog which may help.
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/ … etter.html
Since more people around the world use the American vernacular, that's what I would stick to. By the way, misspellings is one word, not hyphenated. Also, make-up would be cosmetics, makeup is something you do with someone with which you've had a quarrel. Hope this helps.
Thanks, Pandora's Box and RebekahElle!
Actually, I use tags with mis-spellings and American equivalents, but that might seem like double tagging, so to speak. Like 'make-up' and 'makeup'.
It gets confusing sometimes. That link was most enlightening, too. Thanks for the great info!
I'm totally Frank.
Frankly I'll tell you up front that I'm totally blunt to the point.
Wait a minute, that came out wrong...
Frank we can all be, frankly.
In our family we have to be-- it's always on all of our IDs and nametags..
Does Rochelle know you hacked her hubpages account, Totally?
megs I'm just playin' around. Avoiding working. I hate to say it, but it becomes increasingly clear to me that I'll never make money if I take it seriously. So I'm just putting off selling my soul.
Wasn't sure the joke was coming through in the written form. Would hate to cause needless drama over it. I was just kiddin' around.
I've been American all my life, and I use the phrases used in the OP's question (although I'd probably say, "entirely frank", rather than "totally" - because "totally" comes across as something an American teen might say (or might have said in the eighties, but not today).
"Brutally honest" and "completely candid" are, I think, big ones.
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