What's the difference between USA and UK english fundamentally?
Mar 29, 2011 12:38 PM
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Obviously the accent is very different and there are some differences in pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar structures but fundamentally we speak the same language. Slang exists even in England and mostly it's a person's level of education and family environment that make the difference.
March 29, 2011
To an English speaker from America like myself UK English speakers sound more proper. They usually sounds a little more educated and have less slang. That is just my opinion though.
March 29, 2011
It is probably better to say that Britian speaks English and America speaks American. American is based on English, and is mostly the same, but there are significant differences, especially in the spoken language: 1. Accent. A "proper" English accent like what is used by TV Newscasters is easy for each other to understand. However, slang like cockney in England and a heavy southern American accent may be quite difficult for each other to understand. 2. There are many words that have different meanings. Examples: Bonnet (in America, it is a type of hat. In England, it is the hood of a car); Boot (in America, it is a type of shoe, in England it is the "trunk" of the car); napkin (in America, it is on the kitchen table used to wipe face and hands as you eat, in England it is something women use once a month); There are many other examples of this. Each English speaking country has developed it's own vocabulary and accent - British English is different than American which is different from Australian which is different from India which is different from Hong Kong English. Most consider British English to be the standard formal English.
March 30, 2011
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