British VS American English which is better?

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Postby nightwish » Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:57 am

I study english at the univ. and as I see the only difference between the two is the accent.
so I like to use both of them while I'm talking.

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Postby Danyet » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:19 pm

Yes you are right! There is not much difference between the two except the accent.

I don't know how you learned to switch between the accents though. For me it is very hard. I speak with an Australian English accent and I can not very well switch to an American accent. When I try, it comes out like a "redneck hillbilly" accent. That seems to be the easiest for me.

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Postby Bambang » Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:33 pm

Personally, American English is more suitable for me.

But I like watching Brithish English programs.

It sounds unique and interesting.

But I don't like the way Mr Bean speaking.

It sounds like gargling.

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Postby YAYO » Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:44 pm

This it is a good subject, I think that the Brithish is finer than american english, and the America is simple, I mean, the Brithish is elegant and formal, and pronunciacion is more pleasant for the ear.

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Postby Vega » Thu Oct 18, 2007 5:30 am

MichaZor wrote:I live in USA, but I like British English more, I don't know why.. it's just easier to understand lol.


Are you native English speaker?

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Postby Vega » Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:09 pm

MichaZor wrote:No.. why?


Yeah, I agree with you too. It's easier to understand..

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Postby sanjadz » Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:54 pm

Unlike you, I think spoken American English is easier to understand than spoken British English.

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Postby Kainha » Fri Nov 30, 2007 4:14 pm

I like them both, however I prefer the American english because It's easier to learn and to hear.

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby trungkienb » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:39 am

SilverFish wrote:Sometimes,I wonder why most people think American English is better. Because the original English speakers are the British.


Well, you know what? 80% people who know english speak American English.
in fact, people who speak American english ( Americans) want to learn British English (accent, pronunciation...).
there are more than 3,000 words that are different between these languages.

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Postby Bambang » Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:41 pm

trungkienb wrote:Well, you know what? 80% people who know english speak American English.
in fact, people who speak American english ( Americans) want to learn British English (accent, pronunciation...).
there are more than 3,000 words that are different between these languages.


What are the most common words, please?
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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby trungkienb » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:34 pm

bambang wrote:
What are the most common words, please?



Good question Bambang. I think they might be : "Yeah", "hi"..whatever they are.

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby Oriani » Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:04 am

I know the American because I come from the American continent(however I live next to Guyana and they speak British) but I must learn British for my role play.

As a future English teacher I have to know Both!! I like each one since I was a little girl, eventhough my daddy just taught me the American and I am used to it, already! It takes time to get used to a language. It happened to me when I was learning French, so, If you don't like one's accent, it does not mean that is bad. That's a wrong term that people use when they are refering to something they don't like; I conclude that everything is a matter of taste :wink: :wink: :wink:

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Postby Bambang » Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:53 am

Well said, Oriani. Well said! :D
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Postby Oriani » Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:33 am

I'll be graduating in 2009 :lol:

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Postby Bambang » Mon Dec 31, 2007 8:20 am

No need to wait for your graduation. You've been a teacher here, at EC! :wink:
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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby Vega » Sat May 24, 2008 11:03 pm

Britons speak more clearly I think than Americans. However, BrEng's intonation is a bit complicated compared to AmEng. This is my personal view..

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Postby Koala » Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:19 am

IowaRocks wrote:I personally believe British English is too "flowery." American English seems to be more direct and to the point, but in the case of creative writing it is better to use flowery language, so it's important to understand both.

I think so, too. But AmEng has its own good points and BrtEng does. We shouldn't consider which is better.

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Postby DerAfrikaner » Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:45 am

Yeah, I know this thread's been dead for over a year, but I need to say this. Being South African (and a canyon crab at that), I've heard the South African accent the most. It doesn't differ very much from traditional British because of most Anglo-African's heritage. It has, however, mixed alot with the Dutch diriven Afrikaans, making it what most people would say "less correct".

Personally, I think that American English is the best. I don't think it's easier to learn, but it's been made that way in some regions, giving it somewhat of a bad name. For example: I can't explain how much I hate it that so many people mix the past and the present or past perfect in the sense of "I seen" instead of the correct "I have or I had seen". All English dialects are guility of it, and I can't stand it.

Anyway, I think that for a Afrikaans speaker, American English is more fluid, but has a more difficult vocabulary as it has nearly twice as many words as British English. The spelling is easier, though.The New England accent (excluding Rhode Island and Boston) sounds so professional. I guess that's why all American news broadcast in other nations has Americans with that accent.

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Postby greenthirteen » Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:19 am

danyet wrote:There is not enough difference between the way Americans and English talk to even say that they are speaking different "dialects". It is the same language with a regional accent. Just the same as Australian or New Zealand or South Africans speak.


I am afraid that this person is incorrect. There is a remarkable difference between American and British English. The best way to understand the differences, if you believed what this person here wrote, then I suggest you rent a movie such as "SNATCH", by Guy Ritchie.

This movie demonstrates the differences quite a bit, (exclude the Brad Pitt) character. The Brits use a more formal sounding language, where Americans (and Canadians), use a more informal sounding language. Of course there are many words that are common, but there are plenty words and expressions that just are not.

To any native speaker of English, the differences are remarkably vast. Line up (1,5, 1000) Brits and Yanks, the native speaker will identify them with one hundred percent accuracy...

(I am a native speaker of English)
(You are not... and it is obvious... not with just this post, but others by you i have read)

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Postby greenthirteen » Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:25 am

Xkalibur wrote::roll: I don't hear any difference between BrEng and AmEng when I'm trying understand it by watching BBC and CNN. If possible, can anybody tell what my writings looks like more, BrEn or AmEn? Or is the difference only in pronunciation?

According to my grammar book, BrEng says, for example: Have you had a dinner? AmEng says: Did you have a dinner?



The differences are huge! The structure is the same as are most, if not all grammar points. The difference comes from word choices and pronunciation... Rent a movie called KNOTTING HILL... watch it in English (obviously) and note the differences between Hugh Grant's character and Julia Robert's character... In fact, with the exception of Julia's character and Hugh's "room-mate" (we say room-mate, they say flatmate or lodger)... everyone in there is British speaking...ok...

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Postby greenthirteen » Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:37 am

danyet wrote:
Xkalibur wrote:
According to my grammar book, BrEng says, for example: Have you had a dinner? AmEng says: Did you have a dinner?
YOur book is wrong. You will hear both ways spoken everywhere. Most of the difference is in the overall accent, particularly the "r"s "a"s, and some minor spelling differences.



Again you are mistaken... Neither of us use either of those phrases... however, we both do say "Have you had dinner?" and "Did you have dinner?" If you did not see the difference between what the fellow wrote and I wrote... then I believe that you should perhaps grab a book or two yourself...

And again, most of the difference is not in the overall accent! They are different, but an accent usually comes from a particular way words are pronounced! The accent is obvious, but word usage is where we differ dramatically...

EG- Toss it in the boot!

or
Put it in the trunk!

Both Americans and British people would say both of these expressions... but one would never say one of them... You, as the expert, post which is which...


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