British and American Vocabulary
The development of two different vocabularies in British English and American English - such as pavement (BE) and sidewalk (AE) or petrol (BE) and gas (AE) - are due to the influence of other languages creeping into everyday use. The following British and American vocabulary exercise tests if you can recognize the differences.
Listen to Bill Bryson discussing the origin and usage of various expressions in this audio clip:
- As you have just heard there are thousands of words used differently in British and American English. Do you think these differences will continue to be there, or will British and American English melt together - after all modern media and communications make the world so much "smaller".
- Why has American influence on languages all over the word been so great at least since the 1950s? Make a list of at least five reasons. Start with your everyday use of various media.
For Further Study
- ENGLISH – PROGRAMME SUBJECT IN PROGRAMMES FOR SPECIALIZATION IN GENERAL STUDIES
- English subject curriculum