33 Differences between American and British English

“Different school, different pronunciation.” That is commonly heard when someone notice another person pronouncing some words differently. Like me, I’ve been conscious with my pronunciation especially with English terms. I talk rarely because I’m not sure if I say the word correctly. Not knowing, English words have differences depending on where they originated. But how do they differ?

Are you fond of watching movies? Have you tried watching American and British movies? We can see that many viewers have to turn on subtitles to understand British language used in a movie. You may laugh at the characters when you hear their accent and how they pronounce words. Well, it’s normal if you learn English in a different way. You could hardly understand the way other people speak. It’s not easy to learn other language but if you are really interested, it’s not possible.

 American and British English are known by their differences especially with their vocabulary. From an English Language and Culture Blog post by Ryan Sitzman, I have gathered the “33 Differences Between British and American Vocabulary”.

 1. aeroplane (BrE) — airplane (AmE)

 2. biscuit (BrE) — cookie/cracker (AmE)

3. chemist (BrE) — drugstore/pharmacy (AmE)

4. chips (BrE) — fries/french fries (AmE)

5. crisps (BrE) — chips (AmE)

6. dustbin (BrE) — trashcan/garbage can (AmE)

7. cinema (BrE) — movie theater (AmE

8. film (BrE) | movie (AmE)

9. fizzy drink (BrE) — pop/soda (AmE)

10. flat (BrE) — apartment (AmE)

11. football (BrE) — soccer (AmE)

12. holiday (BrE) — vacation (AmE)

13. jumper (BrE) — sweater/sweatshirt (AmE)

14. lift (BrE) — elevator (AmE)

15. lorry (BrE) — semi truck (AmE)

16. maths (BrE) — math (AmE)

17. mobile phone (BrE) — cell phone (AmE)

18. nappy (BrE) — diaper (AmE)

19. pants (BrE) — underwear/panties (AmE)

20. trousers (BrE) — pants/slacks (AmE)

21. pavement (BrE) — sidewalk (AmE)

22. petrol (BrE) — gasoline (AmE)

23. post (BrE) — mail (AmE)

24. pram (BrE) — stroller (AmE)

25. queue (BrE) — line (AmE)

26. to ring (BrE) — to call (AmE)

27. rubber (BrE) — eraser (AmE)

28. sweet(s) (BrE) — candy (AmE)

29. toilet/loo (BrE) — bathroom/restroom (AmE)

30. trainers (BrE) — sneakers/tennis shoes (AmE)

31. underground/”the Tube” (BrE) — subway (AmE)

32. wardrobe (BrE) — closet (AmE)

33. Zed (BrE) — Zee (AmE)

Are you familiar with the terms above? You can see that American and British English is not that far different and they even have similarities. So what style will you choose?

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Angela Malla Llasus was born on September 24, 1997 at Villaverde Imus, Cavite. She is currently residing at Tumalalud, Mambusao, Capiz. She started her elementary grades at Pasong Buaya II Elementary School Imus, Cavite from Grade one to five and finished at Caidquid Elementary School Mambusao, Capiz as Valedictorian in the year 2010. She then enrolled in her secondary education at Mambusao National High School where she was a consistent honor student and graduated as Salutatorian in the year 2014. She pursued her college at Capiz State University Burias, Mambusao, Capiz, and took up a Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics. Because of her hard work, she graduated with an academic award year 2018. During her college days, she taught freshmen students for her practice in her chosen profession. There she learned to work under pressure, interact positively with her colleagues in school and handle different behaviors of students. The experience has been challenging yet fulfilling. Angela loves English and Mathematics. Aside from numbers, her hobbies are writing literary pieces like poems and essays. During her school days, she joined different literary contests and journalism workshops because of her passion for writing. She also loves singing. For her, writing and singing are the best ways to express your feelings. As of now, her goal is to find a stable job to support her family. Because of her determination to achieve her goal, she searched for a job to help her family. She has been employed at Inspiro Relia, Inc. as a Customer Service Representative for more than a year. She believes that hard work and patience will lead you to a brighter future.