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British English vs American English video


This video is by Chris from England about differences between British English and American English. Please see the examples and resources below.




English spoken in the UK is often called “British English”, whereas that spoken in the US is sometimes known as “American English”. In my list below, the British English term is marked “B:”, with the American English equivalent marked “A:”.


British English (B) vs American English (A) dictionary


B: Autumn

A: Fall


B: Motorway / main road

A: Highway


B: Railway

A: Railroad


B: Tube / underground

A: Subway


B: Car park

A: Parking lot


B: Lift

A: Elevator


B: Post code

A: Zip code


B: Post

A: Mail


B: Trousers

A: Pants


B: Chips

A: Fries / French fries


B: Pissed off (“pissed” means “drunk”)

A: Pissed


B: Joking

A: Kidding


B: z (“zed”)

A: z (“zee”)


B: Tap

A: Faucet


B: Organisation

A: Organization


B: Realise

A: Realize


B: Licence (noun)

A: License (noun)


B: Whilst

A: While


B: Amongst

A: Among


B: Burnt          (past simple tense)

A: Burned


B: Learnt         (past simple tense)

A: Learned


B: Football

A: Soccer


B: American football

A: Football


More online resources

Article on influence of American English in Britain (past simple tense): http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1535_questionanswer/page50.shtml

BBC – “Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English”:


BBC – irritating Americanisms:


British Council grammar exercises:


British English vs American English spelling quiz: https://learnbritishenglish.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/british-english-vs-american-english-spelling-quiz-via-cambridge-esol/

A big difference is the accent. My video lessons (free on Youtube) can help you learn the British accent: http://www.youtube.com/user/CJWorkman17?feature=mhee

American accent training: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf-Q8PAj_RQ

British accent vs American accent video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua7nyAaf3pE

English club’s list of vocabulary: http://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/british-american.htm

Effingpot’s guide to speaking British English for Americans: http://www.effingpot.com/

  1. 09/01/2013 at 4:28 PM

    Love the ‘translation’ of British phrases to actual temperature!

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