Hi, everyone, my name is Kevin, your Meisi English teacher.
When you need to ask where the toilet is, what do you say? Toilet? Bathroom? Washroom? Restroom? What’s the difference? There’s also lavatory. Have you heard of that one?
当你需要问厕所在哪时你会怎么说？ Toilet? Bathroom? Washroom? Restroom?都有什么区别？还有lavatory，你听说过吗？
Americans are used to saying bathroom because they feel the word “toilet” makes people think of an actual toilet(马桶). British care less about this and have no problems with saying toilet. In fact, if you said bathroom in England it would actually mean a room with a bath!
Canadians also feel uncomfortable about the word “toilet”, so they use “washroom” instead. Funny fact: many signs in Canada contain both English and French, and the French word is “toilet”. So they have to see the word even though they don’t like it.
Restroom is often used for signs, but it’s not common in spoken English.
1. Would you happen to know where the toilet（bathroom） is?
2. I was wondering whether there’s a toilet （bathroom） here.
3. Is there a toilet （bathroom） nearby?
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