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British English and American English

British English and American English - Differences in Vocabulary, Differences in Pronunciation, Idioms & Phrases, Differences in Spelling, Expressions.

British English – American English

DIFFERENCES IN VOCABULARY

BRITISH ENGLISH

AMERICAN ENGLISH

autumn

biscuit

crisps

film

ground floor

holiday

lorry

luggage

mobile phone

nappy

petrol

post

sweets

tap

taxi

tin

underground

 

Railway

Pavement/footpath Aerial

maize

biscuit

porridge

Sweets

chemist

lift

fall

cookie

potato chips

movie

first floor

vacation

truck

baggage

cell phone

diaper

gasoline

mail

candy

faucet

cab

can

subway

Railroad

Sidewalk

Antenna

Corn

cracker

oatmeal

candy

druggist

escalator

BRITISH ENGLISH

AMERICAN ENGLISH
terminus

goods

Chips

Holiday

Apartment

Film

Post

Purse

Fellow

jam

Anticlockwise

Bonnet

boot (of car)

Blind (pull-down)

cot

cutting(from a newspaper)

Dustbin

Fire brigade

Interval (in a cinema)

Jug rise(in salary)

shop assistant

single (ticket)

torch (battery operated)

washbasin

windscreen

witness box

zed

 

depot

freight

french-fries

Vacation

flat

Movie

Mail

Wallet

 guy

 jelly

counterclockwise

 hood

 trunk

 window shade

Crib

Clipping

garbage can, trashcan

fire department

Intermission

Pitcher

Raise

safes clerk

one way

Flashlight

Sink

Windshield

witness stand

Zee

DIFFERENCES IN SPELLING

 

BRITISH ENGLISH

AMERICAN ENGLISH
centre

cheque

licence

metre

offence

plough

programme

skilful

Theatre

Colour

maths

honour

enrol

travellor

axe

defence

mould

skilful

judgement

focussed

favour

realise

visualise

peddler

organise

practise

favourite

neighbour

tyre

center

check

license

meter

offense

plow

program

skillful

theater

 color

math

honor

enroll

traveler

ax

defense

mold

skillful

judgment

focused

 favor

realize

visualize

peddlar

organize

practice

favorite

neighbor

tire

DIFFERENCES IN PRONUNCIATION

 

BRITISH ENGLISH

AMERICAN ENGLISH
 

fast /fA:st/

last/lA:st/

mass /mA:s/

schedule/’Ledju:l/

‘ballet /’bGleI/

‘debris /’deIbri:/

 

fast /fGst/

last /lGst/

mass /mGs/

schedule /’skedju:l/

‘ballet /bG’leI/

‘debris  /deI’bri:/

 

 IDIOMS AND PHRASES

 

BRITISH ENGLISH

AMERICAN ENGLISH
to lock the stable door after

the horse has bolted

to lock the bam door after

the horse is stolen

     

EXPRESSIONS

 

BRITISH ENGLISH

AMERICAN ENGLISH
grand : a thousand

gonna : going to

kidding : joking

Gee : an expression of surprise

‘grand’,

 ‘gonna’,

‘kidding’,

 ‘cheap’

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