English varieties

November 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm | Posted in British and American English, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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British vs American English

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For various reasons English has turned into an international language. Still, in each country the language spread to the language has acquired a different tone due to the contact with the local reality.

The USA is, however, a special case. The first continent to be colonised by the British, the language soon started changing according to the context. In some cases the language was simplified  (spelling), in others the locals kept the same old words the colonists brought with them. Yet, there were also a lot of new words (loan words) derived from the cultural encounters with other ethnic groups.

So we should be aware of those differences.

Spelling differences

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Lexical or Vocabulary differences

Some different words:

american english by areas

 

Pronunciation

As for the way words are pronounced, watch this:

 

Exercises:

American vs British English 1

American vs British English 2

American vs British english 3

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