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    Question which one?

    Hi,
    I am a new english learner, and I use the internet for learning like video and lesson, but I usually find a GB and Amerecan english...when I search for lessons I find...but I don't know if the america or the bretish is the most better and most using in the world...
    / forgive my english /

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    #2

    Re: which one?

    Hi, and welcome to Using English.

    I think you will find that most people won't say one is "better" than the other. Aside from pronunciation, there are not very many things different between the two dialects -- or other dialects beyond just American and the UK.

    The things that are different -- for example, some prepositions and vocabulary -- can still be understood by the other, so don't worry about it. Just read whatever you can and learn as much as you can, regardless of the dialect.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by souhila View Post
    Hi,
    I am a new english learner, and I use the internet for learning like video and lesson, but I usually find a GB and Amerecan english...when I search for lessons I find...but I don't know if the america or the bretish is the most better and most using in the world...
    / forgive my english /
    *****NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) As Ms. Barbara said, both American and British English are fine!!!

    (2) But if you want my opinion, I respectfully suggest that you study

    and use American grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.

    (3) As you know, there are now many Englishes in the world:

    American, British, Australian, Indian, Nigerian, etc. They are all worthy

    of our greatest respect.

    (4) I believe, however, that you -- as a young person -- would be

    very wise to choose American English as your model.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

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    Re: which one?

    (2) But if you want my opinion, I respectfully suggest that you study

    and use American grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.

    (4) I believe, however, that you -- as a young person -- would be

    very wise to choose American English as your model
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    And what would be your reasons for recommending this, Parser?

    Rover

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    Re: which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
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    And what would be your reasons for recommending this, Parser?

    Rover

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    (1) Thank you for your kind note.

    (2) Since you did ask for my opinion, I believe that the o.p. should

    choose American English because:

    (a) It is the variety of English used by the currently most important

    nation in the world.

    (b) It offers the easier spelling. (Why expect learners to spell

    colour when they can simply spell color?)

    (c) I understand that some British people (or publications) are moving

    toward some American spellings and grammar (e.g., the subjunctive).

    (d) I believe that many learners are genuinely confused. I think that they

    should, indeed, concentrate on one "variety." If they select British

    English, that would be fine, too. But I do believe that young people --

    for the sake of their careers in world commerce -- would be wise to

    model their English on the American model. Of course, I do not know,

    but I would guess that the majority of world commerce conducted in

    English is based on American grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. I think

    the same thing holds true for popular culture. Of course, everyone

    applauds the BBC for its great TV productions, but it does appear that

    American motion pictures (with its variety of English) are a huge hit throughout

    the world, probably influencing millions of English learners.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    P.S. Of course, no American publication can hold a candle to some of

    your marvelous publications, such as The Economist and The Times

    Literary Supplement. Like millions of other people in the world, I marvel

    at the coverage offered by the BBC news website. I, too, love British

    English, but I really do believe that for practical purposes young people

    should "specialize" in "American."

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