British VS American English which is better?

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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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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby Danyet » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:13 am

It's not important! It is the same language and only the usage varies. Every generation has their peciliarities and they are easily adaptable.

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby Elba » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:26 am

Why English doesn´t have Academy Languages like Spanish, which has a Royal Academy of Spanish language, and even an Academy for each language spanish country?? and beliveme there are differences and ways to express our ideas.

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby Elva » Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:59 am

American English and Brith English I can't distinguish clearly! Because my English is poor.So I want to learn English well, So hope to make friends here.Yours English is excellent! I think so!I'm 21 years old.
Who can help me ? Thanks in advance! ;-)

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby plinh » Mon Feb 07, 2011 3:23 pm

I don't know why but I prefer American English.
However,my teacher said I was better at British English:((

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby WIFI » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:46 am

I am a fan of American accent ... it forces you to love english language .. when it comes to British it is tooooooooooooooooo tough .... I dont like it ..

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Postby sweethuman » Wed May 25, 2011 5:44 am

Vega 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?


There is abit difference in accent and pronunciation of both languages, I will mention some words as a sample below:
Opportunity: In Amenglish it is pronounced as (aparchunity)
Opportunity: BrEnglish it is pronounced as (apartunity)


Immediate:
AmEnglish pronunciation (Immediate)
Immediate: BrEnglish pronunciation (Immejiate)

And Many more. But I beleive that is not easily understood. and there is no big difference in writting or speech.

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby Savetherocks » Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:58 am

From a structural standpoint, the two dialects are almost identical. When reading text that is written by a native English speaker, I am often unable to discern whether the writer is British or American (I am a native American English Speaker). As many others have noted, the main difference can be observed with spoken English. From as objective as a viewpoint as possible, I believe that American English is easier to comprehend. This is because there there is more distinction between different words due to the larger range of sounds (e.g. farther vs. father) as well as the closer correlation between how a word should be pronounced based on the basic phonetic system of English and the proper pronunciation of a particular word, which is due to the American English revision of spellings (e.g. center vs. centre). As for difficulty of comprehension for a native English speaker of the opposite dialect, both are almost completely mutually intelligible. While some phrases that are used may not be common in the opposing dialect, it is easy to figure out what the intended meaning of the speaker is.

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby sweethuman » Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:21 am

I agree with you @ Savetherocks.
The minor difference can be understood while communicating to them. And American English is easily understood by most of the people and easily learned as well

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby muruganji » Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:32 pm

Hi friend

According to me, British is better

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby Maniya » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:33 pm

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


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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby optilse » Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:49 am

I agree with you Maniya. En Language originated in GB. I'm having a hard time with their accent, especially Scottish, but you can't beat the original.

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby tomnew » Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:42 am

Yes, british is the original English speaker but I find slightly difference between the two. Accent, pronunciation and some spelling differ like summarise(GB English) - summarize(Am English). Both are better.

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby behnam » Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:46 am

Hi,

I personally prefer British Londoner accent. It sounds beautiful.

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby keithsmith » Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:32 am

American english is commonly used all over the world but in the other hand you are also right that the original speaker of english are British.

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby mahgoub » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:15 am

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby AskSarah » Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:45 pm

Neither is better, because language is just a bunch of sounds put together that some people thought would be good for communication purposes. :lol:

The average American cannot understand foreigners at all if they do not attempt to speak with a standard American accent like one you would hear in the Midwest, or even large parts of Canada. I struggle very hard understanding Asian ESL speakers who use the British accent for English, so if you're going to be working in the states or with mostly Americans, go with American teachers.

There are some accents of English emerging that are almost becoming their own language. Those are the types of English teachers I would stay away from, that are going to teach you such a highly unique style of English that only one or two regions would understand you (for example, Welsh valley accent, Geordie accent, certain Irish & Scottish accents). When I was learning Korean, I wanted to learn the Seoul dialect that millions of people would understand, not the Pusan dialect or the Gwangju dialect - just as an example {-:
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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby JJFGpuc » Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:50 pm

I don't like to much British english, I always preffer American English. I think British it's too much polite, have other pronunciation and other words. When I heard a British people speaking, the first thing I imagine was a royal people, but when I heard an American didn't happend.
Also British is more easy for understand, they pronnunce better. It's like everyone everyone :)

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby JJFGpuc » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:15 am

I think the same as you Elba. British english have more pronunciation and stress syllables than American. At my school, they teached me British english and I didn't like to much. I prefer American. At university I take some subjects of American english and I like it.
When I heard british speakers I think in the royalty of England, and this is the reason because I prefer American English.

I'm from Chile, here whe have a very special type of spanish, we have lots of words wich you only understand if you are from Chile. But I love my country.

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby Cecilia » Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:16 am

I believe, that any of them are better than other, only are different dialect, but for me a English learner is easier to understand and speak American English, but in the other hand British English is more beautiful have a different sound that make it more interesting…

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Re: British VS American English which is better?

Postby englishttw » Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:50 am

I am English and I am going to say that both are equally good. They are just a little bit different. The most important thing is being clear and able to make yourself understood.


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