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    Smile British or American English

    Hi there,

    this might sound somewhat odd as this is my first question here but recently I had a situation in class where a student's obviously googled various random vocab and wanted to know whether it was Brit.or Amer.English. Now most of them were alright but I struggled with the rest.

    What are your thoughts regarding the importance of knowing that.

    Thanks in advance!

    Bamm

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    Smile Re: British or American English

    I don't think it's that important. Britons and Yankees can understand each other perfectly, but none of them know all the differences between their languages, nor should they. I bet they have something more important to do. They get confused all the time when they travel overseas.

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    Re: British or American English

    If the googles were indeed random, I'm not sure it's reasonable to expect a non-native teacher to be aware of the provenance of each word or phrase.

    An ordinary dictionary would usually tell the student if a word was particularly used in the US or UK; and if the words weren't in an ordinary dictionary, there is no reason why a teacher should know them.

    All the best,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.


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    Re: British or American English

    Thanks for your posts!
    It might not be too easy convincing them but I shall try

    ta,
    Bamm

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