British VS American English which is better?

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British VS American English which is better?

Postby SilverFish » Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:00 am

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

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Postby Dixie » Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:27 am

Better, in what sense? I don't know why someone would say that a dialect is better than another.

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Postby SilverFish » Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:33 pm

hello i'm silverfish who uploaded this question. I got your point but my point is not only pronounce but also the structure of English. Both are quiet different style of English. So I just want to know about which English is better to understand, write, read and talk. Perhaps you'll agree both( American and British) are quiet different.
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Postby Danyet » Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:57 pm

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.

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Postby Tora » Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:17 pm

I like very much american slang words, I get to know many new ones through the movies and songs, modern american classics, love the accent.
At our english classes we used to watch different travelling programes and I understood that british accent sounds very natural for us who learn eglish, american accent is really lovely, the "r" sound drives me mad :P but assie accent is really comlicated to understand!! :(

what for to define which one is better - all of them are...

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Postby Danyet » Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:03 am

Tora wrote:I like very much american slang words, I get to know many new ones through the movies and songs, modern american classics, love the accent.
At our english classes we used to watch different travelling programes and I understood that british accent sounds very natural for us who learn eglish, american accent is really lovely, the "r" sound drives me mad :P but assie accent is really comlicated to understand!! :(

what for to define which one is better - all of them are...
The Aussie accent only complicated to understand because Aussies have such poor diction. They typically slur their words. But well spoken Aussies should not be any harder to understand than well spoken Yanks or well spoken Englishmen.

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Postby Tora » Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:54 pm

it's just my biassed point of view. It was a program about risky activities like feeding the sharks near Tazmania or jumping from the several meters height to an abyss being roped to a platform... he was very excited afterwards but it was almost impossible to define what he´s talking about :wink:

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Postby Vega » Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:52 am

: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?

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Postby Danyet » Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:26 pm

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.

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Postby Elba » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:54 pm

I don´t want to say the world "correct", then I musto to say that I´m acording with Danyet opinions.
I began study english in a british school at México City. For different reazons I left the school, two years later I began again in an American english school. Not much differences: pronunciation in some final letters of a world, some idioms. But generally when I see an american movie or an english movie I understand perfect (well I understand :oops: ).
The gramatical structure is the same, is like spanosh at Méxic, Spain, or argentina. The differences are pronunciation and idios. Understand please, the origin is the same and changed a little the development, acording to cultural, economic, social and sometimes politic situation.
The language change with the time, for better or worst but change. I think we couldn´t say "this is better than" the objetive, the real objetive is the "comunication".

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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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Re: British VS American English which is better?

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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