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Britain and the U.S.: the “special relationship”


Very soon I plan to publish a second video introduction explaining differences between British English and American English. Please watch out for that.

British and American flags

British and American flags

Meanwhile, a British writer has done a piece for the BBC about the “special relationship” between Britain and America. We use the term “special relationship” because of the closeness of the two countries, and the benefits and problems this brings.

The article explores the wide variety of emotions that British people have towards America. Many love America, some not.

There is a lot of challenging vocabulary in the article, below, (I don’t understand some of it) but I think it offers an excellent overview of the relationship between us and America and many of the arising issues. Please read if you have time – it will be a valuable learning exercise.

The BBC article is here.

  1. 06/01/2013 at 5:11 PM

    I wrote a post a while ago: President Obama said he was ‘chuffed to bits’ and ‘top notch’.

    Headlines on the times: http://janetwilliams.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/screen-shot-2012-03-16-at-12-43-32.png

    (…Obama tried his hand at the British vernacular to express his delight, saying, “Let me just say, David, we are chuffed to bits that you are here.

    I am looking forward to a great relationship, I am confident we will keep it absolutely top-notch.”)


    This is a fabulous clip on Youtube about British vs American slangs:

    • 07/01/2013 at 11:39 PM

      Thanks as always, Janet. An excellent reply!

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