American and British English Differences -- Page 7
19. British Translation Guide
What the British Say   What the British Mean   What Others Understand
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...   I think 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
Oh, incidentally, by the way   The primary purpose of our discussion is...   That's 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 to 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 re-write it 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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