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Many textbooks tell you that there are substantial differences between British and American English. In reality, the differences are relatively minor. Have a look at this article to learn just how easy it is to switch between British and American English.

Nov 25, 2015 12:00 AM
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Raymara, why do you think like that? There are people who speak bad and goodEnglish in the UK just like you can find people who speak good and bad english in the U.S.

I'm gonna go ahead and judge you because I know here in Brazil people have this extremely wrong idea that all British people speak posh or like in BBC but you'd be surprised! 

Do you even speak good English in order to judge a whole nation? 


November 25, 2015

Language is a live thing and most importantly, is a tool, a communication tool. Meaning that it's rules are made by people, not by God, and the final goal is communication.


So for this reason there is no such a thing as a language that is more correct than another.


Some learners for example when learning a new language try to find correspondence and sense in their own language, and if the new language has a different structure, they would come out with judgements like "but this doesn't make any sense!"


Now, I am European and in my personal opinion I am fascinated by British English, Spanish Castellano, Portuguese from Portugal, but on the other hand it's so interesting to know languages like American or Australian English, Spanish used in Latin America, Brasilian Portuguese, Creoles used in Africa or Asia such as Malaysian English that is mixed with Chinese, because this is due to evolution of languages in the development of each country, it's a cultural and social feature of the country, part of their own identity.


Also, I have always used English to talk and work with non-English speaking people, so this is called "English as lingua franca". I tend to be very standard and neutral in my accent, cause my priority is to be understood. Because, again, language is most importantly a communication tool.


So I think that the choice should't be "What is the most correct English that I should study", I think the choice should be "Which English I like the most and who are the people that I want to communicate with?"

November 25, 2015

Interesting article! It always fascinates me how us English speakers can understand each other even when we grew up on opposite sides of the world. Language is a great thing.


It really does not bother me when I see text written with British spelling, though. Maybe I'll have a split second where I think "Huh, it's the British spelling" but then I'll move on.

November 25, 2015
Completely agree that accent is the key difference really. I would guess that 95% of the vocab is the same or easily understandable. I can converse with Americans or Australians perfectly well. Don't get too hung up on learning an English accent and don't be fooled into thinking that all Brits speak the same way. You may be very disappointed if, having perfected your Downton Abbey accent, you find you are speaking to a Scot! 
November 26, 2015

Raymara :

It is quite obvious that you have never been exposed to a real London working class accent or a Cockney one, then you would not be so smug about England being ' better '.


There are great speakers of English in both lands and poor ones as well.

November 25, 2015
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