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British and American Spelling

Published: 03.02.2010, Updated: 03.03.2017
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British and American Flags on caravan. Photo.British and American Flags   
You may think that the English we speak and read is the same all over the world. But this is far from true. Although British and American English are the two dominating variants, we find many local variants. There are differences between British and American spelling such as: colour (BE) and color (AE) or analyse (BE) and analyze (AE). 

Some teachers will say to stick to only the British system, while others will say that the American system is easier to learn. As long as you are consistent and stick to one system, there should be no real problem. The following British and American spelling exercise tests if you can recognize the differences.

British or American - Task 1  

British or American - Task 2