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    Quote Originally Posted by LwyrFirat View Post
    I think, it depends on the age group of people as well. For example, when I listened to young British people, especially in pubs, clubs, I had big difficulties to understand them. But it never happened when I listened to older British ladies. They speak very slowly, clearly and of course without slang.

    Personally I think,
    ArE=The most clear one
    BrE=The most euphonic one
    Scottish:The most charismatic one :) (remember Desmond from "lost")


    Exactly. Two things to distinguish here are which accent one likes and which accent one understands better. I prefer British but better understand American. Of course we all say here American but in the US there so many kinds of accent, which depend on people and mainly on the region (state), that it's not so easy to speak just about American accent (or this is how I understand the thing).

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadway121004 View Post
    Agree!

    But spelling is not only the case.

    There are British words which are synonimous with the Americans.

    Like: Flat (British) and Apartment (American)
    Biscuit (British) and Cookie (American)
    Lift (British) and Elevator (American)

    In software language the word ' program ' is used both in AE and British English.

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    first of all thanks alot for the topic above.. In my opinion i think both of them are the same but we can see some differences in few letters..
    here in my country some prefer British and some use American because it's easier and simple..

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    I remember my Canadian friend told me anytime she heard the British accent it sounded for her very wise, even if this was something having nothing to do with being wise, like the sentence, "The weather is very nice today".

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    Smile Re: British or American english

    HI everyone, really I don\t care if I use American or British Emglish because the most important for me is using the language!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by al-Abri View Post
    HI everyone, really I don\t care if I use American or British Emglish because the most important for me is using the language!!
    After some time you will start to care. Others care, so if you want to speak and write fluently, you will have to decide which language to choose. Mixing up British and American English is usually found inelegant and even incorrect. And don't try to do that on exams!

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadway121004 View Post
    Agree!

    But spelling is not only the case.

    There are British words which are synonimous with the Americans.

    Like: Flat (British) and Apartment (American)
    Biscuit (British) and Cookie (American)
    Lift (British) and Elevator (American)

    Well then you are talking about "How do you call it" - just semantics.


    I have problems while writing. These differences in spelling are horrible. And I have to be careful cause I'm at British linguistics. So even if I use right word but American spelling then I'm failed.

    Honestly, I prefer using British spelling and pronunciation to American.
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    diarrhoea GB, diarrhea US

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpira View Post
    Well then you are talking about "How do you call it" - just semantics.


    I have problems while writing. These differences in spelling are horrible. And I have to be careful cause I'm at British linguistics. So even if I use right word but American spelling then I'm failed.

    Honestly, I prefer using British spelling and pronunciation to American.
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    diarrhoea GB, diarrhea US
    Visit this link The American·British British·American Dictionary.
    This may be of help to you.

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    Default Re: British or American english

    Have we forgotten the story of "Tower of Babel"?
    It is God who make more than one language to confuse us.
    You've got no choice, just take it, guys.
    Last edited by albertino; 23-Sep-2007 at 08:24.

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    Default Re: British or American english

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    Have we forget the story of "Tower of Babel"?
    It is God who make more than one language to confuse us.
    You've got no choice, just take it, guys.

    1. The most important difference between the two varieties is vocabulary. There are four differences. Spelling, pronunciation and grammar differences are relatively the smaller problem . Vocabulary difference can lead to misunderstanding. Purse for example in AmE means a handbag. Subway exists in both varieties but with a difference in meaning.

    2. Englishes: AmE and BE have been the two dominant varieties so far. But in the age of internet, satellite TV and globalization other varieties should be considered as well. So the word English doesn’t apply any more. What do you mean: BE, AmE, Canadian, Australian, Indian or Chinese English?

    3. It is no more tenable to stick to one variety This is the age of mixing. English is no more a linguistic identity. We now speak Globish.

    4. Change of spelling from BE to AmE does away with history. In colour not in color we can see French.

    5. AmE is dominating now because the US is a superpower. But hopefully soon we stop saying AmE or BE . Can you speak Globish?
    Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 23-Sep-2007 at 08:23.

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