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Post by idalia » Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:09 am

Is she??????????????? :? :? :?

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Post by Dixie » Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:50 pm

Unknownsu wrote:I have to obey the wise one. There is nothing I can do about it. She's cutting off all my resouces. :cry:
But it's my job, otherwise the WISEST ONE will cut off all my resources :roll:

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Post by idalia » Mon Mar 21, 2005 6:06 pm

So, let's return to the topic OK?, is there any BIG difference between British and American English? :? :?

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Post by Dixie » Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:00 pm

You bet there is!! Image

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Post by Unknownsu » Tue Mar 22, 2005 2:22 am

Idalia, Dixie has a violent dislike towards me because she loves me but is not capable of achieving that love. So she does things to hurt me instead because a jealous rage scorches through her fingers everytime she sees something written by me. The poor girl.....

Isn't that right, Dixie dear?

But yes, let us get back to the topic. Aside from the obvious accent between British and American English, words have different meanings as well.

For example:

American - hood - trunk - truck
British - bonnet - boot - lorry

Spelling also has a role in the differences such as:

Words ending in –or (American) –our (British) color, colour, humor, humour, flavor, flavour, etc.

Words ending in –ize (American) –ise (British) recognize, recognise, patronize, patronise, etc.

So you see, there is no correct English between the two. But if you learn one form, make sure you stick to that
form or you will only confuse yourself.

Personally, I cannot distinguish between Australian and British English nor can I tell the difference between Canadian and American English but let me tell you this, Canadian English is the best because I am Canadian! :mrgreen:

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Post by idalia » Tue Mar 22, 2005 3:22 am

Thank you so much for the explanation Unkownsu, sometimes it's difficult for us ( I mean people like me, who haven't been abroad) to distinguish the difference between British and American english. I knew about the accent of course, but I didn't have any idea that some words have a different meanings.

May I ask you a question? Do speak french too? In Canada french is spoken as well, right?

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Post by Unknownsu » Tue Mar 22, 2005 3:55 am

Parlez vous Francais? I don't parlez Francais.

Although French is an official language of Canada, I don't speak it. From what I know, learning French is mandatory up until grade 9 (half-way through high school). I never did like the language but because I live in Canada and French is used frequently, I have a very basic understanding of written French.

But hey, we can't talk about French anymore. It's way off topic!

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Post by idalia » Tue Mar 22, 2005 4:00 am

Oops!!!! you're right, sorry :oops: :oops:

No I don't speak french either, even when my last name "Herver" comes from France

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Post by Dixie » Tue Mar 22, 2005 9:23 am

Unknownsu wrote:Idalia, Dixie has a violent dislike towards me because she loves me but is not capable of achieving that love. So she does things to hurt me instead because a jealous rage scorches through her fingers everytime she sees something written by me. The poor girl.....

Isn't that right, Dixie dear?
Hahahaha Image Don't mislead Idalia! Who's the one who does things to hurt the other?? :D Who starts new threads about them telling the others how you hate them? Ohhh you're so naughty, come here I will spank you :twisted: hihihihihihih

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Post by Unknownsu » Tue Mar 22, 2005 3:12 pm

Dixie, you are going off topic. Could you please return to the topic question. I wouldn't want you to get kicked out of EC by the wisest one, ya know.

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Post by Dixie » Tue Mar 22, 2005 3:25 pm

Unknownsu wrote:Dixie, you are going off topic. Could you please return to the topic question. I wouldn't want you to get kicked out of EC by the wisest one, ya know.
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Post by yl88 » Sun Mar 27, 2005 3:03 am

i would prefer british english !!!
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Post by RedRose » Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:15 pm

American English is more legible. as a beginner, I love it so much!

some people told me, if a person is proficient at english, then he/she would love american english more than British english, because BE is Shakespeare-ish language, so it is more elegant and authentic. even so, I still love AE.

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Post by idalia » Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:22 am

I prefer American English too. Perhaps that is because USA is near of my country. :roll: :roll: :roll:

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