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Differences between AE and BrE

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on 7 October 2013

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Transcript of Differences between AE and BrE

Differences Between
American English
and
British English

The "English Accent"
The "English Accent" that people know in different countries is called 'Received Pronunciation' (RP) or The Queen's English, Oxford English or Posh English.
In fact, only about 2% of British people actually use this accent all the time.
The American Accent
There are many different accents in America. People in England are very familiar with AE because there are so many American TV shows. When I was growing up it was shows like Friends. Friends is set in New York. In this clip, one of the characters, Ross, has an English girlfriend. Try to listen out for the difference in accents.
Differences in Pronunciation #1
In British English (BrE), the sound 'a' is made longer, to sound like 'ah'. Practice these words in BrE and AE.
BATH GRASS CLASS PASS HALF
CAN'T PAST BLAST FAST
Differences in Pronunciation #2
In general, words that end in '-er' (especially '-ter') are
pronounced differently in BrE and AE. In the word water, the pronunciation is "war-ta" in BrE and "waa-derr" in AE. American speakers usually don't pronounce the 't', making it softer into a kind of 'd' sound. But BrE speakers change 'err' into 'a'. Practice these words, changing from BrE to AE and back.
WATER ALLIGATOR PAPER LIGHTER SOLDIER
FIREFIGHTER LATER MAKER TRAINER WAITER
Differences in Pronunciation #3
In RP, the 't' sound is pronounced much more clearly than in BrE or AE. For example:

The weather's quite hot today, isn't it?

AE: The weatherz quide hotooday, isnit?
Differences in Pronunciation #4
In RP, the sound 'o' is very high, whereas in AE the sound 'o' is closer to 'ah'. In AE, the words 'father' and 'bother' actually rhyme. This is definitely not the same in BrE!
Differences in Pronunciation #5
In general, AE is more 'nasal', so when you try to speak with an american accent, try to speak through your nose.
Traveling in England #1
Be Safe
Traveling in England #2
Public Transport
Traveling in England #3
Being Polite
Traveling in England #4
Eating and Drinking
Traveling in England #5
Sightseeing
In England we drive on the left side of the road, in Korea you drive on the right. So be careful when crossing the road
In England, when you
are at a crossing
in the road, you need
to push the button.
However, in England
you can also cross the
road anywhere you
want, but be careful!
England is not as safe as Korea, however, you don't need to worry. The only thing I would say is don't walk through parks at night.
In Korea, you can get any taxi in the street
However, in England, you can only 'hail' black taxis. Don't get in any other taxi unless you have called on the telephone for it.
Buses and taxis are more expensive than Korea, and you have to pay in cash. However, London has a card system similar to t-money, but I don't know if you can use it in buses or just in the subway. (called 'the tube')
If you get lost, you can always ask a police officer
In London you will see a lot of police officers, especially in train stations and airports, because of terrorism. Police officers in England are usually very kind and helpful. They take their job seriously, and they are there to help you. There are more female police officers in England than Korea, so if you feel more comfortable than ask a woman police officer to help you if you don't know where to go!
If you want to get someone's attention, then say 'Excuse me'
Say 'thank you' when someone gives you something. 'Please' and 'thank you' are important in England
When you meet someone for the first time, shake hands
You don't need to bow!
Whenever you ask for something, say 'please'. For example, if you want a drink in a bar, you can just say 'coke please' or even just 'this one please'
Remember, most people in England rarely talk to someone whose first language is not English. Although, in London people will be more familiar with it. So if people don't understand you at first, don't worry. Try again! And if you don't understand them, then you can always say:
"Can you say that again please?"
"I'm sorry, I don't understand."
"Can you speak more slowly please?"
Bulmers Cider

Made from apples.
Comes in a glass with ice.
Great for hot days!

Also you can get pear cider and strawberry cider and other stuff these days
Pimms and Lemonade

Popular summer drink
Usually comes with fruit in the glass
A little bit stronger than soju
Sweet drink, great for hot days!
'Alcopops'

Usually drunk by women
Very sweet and sugary
Very easy to drink
Will get you drunk easily because it doesn't taste like alcohol
Usually made with vodka
If a guy wants to buy you a drink, then he likes you!
Remember, in England we don't say 'bathroom' except in your own house. If you want to know where the bathroom is in a bar or a restaurant then ask 'Where is the toilet?'
Buckingham Palace
Warwick Castle
The Tower of London
Downing Street
Trafalgar Square
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