Student or Learner
I just found that both of them were words. Is there any difference or just different spelling?? Which one is BrE, which is AmE?? Thanks:)
***** NOT a teacher *****
As you know the English people developed the marvelous English
language, so they deserve our highest respect, honor, and
I most respectfully suggest that you might consider adopting
American spellings. I believe that it would be most helpful for
your career. I have no proof, but I am guessing that most
writing in English nowadays prefers color, license, canceled,
jail, etc., instead of colour, licence, cancelled, gaol, etc.
We are living in a fast moving global economy in which the
United States (and your country) are major players. Some people
gently and humbly suggest that American English may possibly
fit in better with today's environment.
***** NOT a teacher *****
P. S. The gentle and friendly disagreement over English spelling
is a little like the gentle and friendly disagreement here in the
United States: Should American students be taught to write
Chinese characters using "traditional" characters or the
"simplified" characters used in The People's Republic of China?
My suggestion is this: if you have been taught by teachers who use AmE as their model, do not attempt to change. Equally, do not change if you have been taught by speakers who use BrE, or indeed any other major dialect, as their model. If you changed you might end up with a mixed dialect which satisfied nobody.
I am still of the school that says the English inherited the language from previous generations, exactly as we did. Any Englishman who thinks his English is superior to mine.... well, bless him, he's a fool.
Unless he really is a better writer or orator. I'm talking about the regional differences. They are not differences in value.
Toronto may be farther from Stratford-upon-Avon than London, but our English is no further from the Bard's than is theirs. In fact it may be closer. Not that that's the criterion par excellence, but it should give pause to those who evaluate different geolects in a hasty manner.
Sorry for my belated reply. I totally forgot this question.
And thanks for all the valuable advice given.:)
I do know some major differences of BrE and AmE. Just some of them. Mainly in spelling, like color vs colour, favor vs favour, center vs centre,..etc.
And I know some differences in pronunciation too. Such as the "o" sound. Americans pronounce it more like [a], while Brits pronounce it rounder....Americans slur more. And I've also noticed Americans can not pronounce the sound [ju:], what British pronounce as ['abs3lju:tli] Americans say['abs3lu:tli].
But I'm less familiar with diffenrences in spellings like "marvelous" , or in tenses like "the couple thinks" and "the couple think. (Actually never heard of them till I came across them.) And the other day I just found that "heterogeneous" and "heterogenous" were both correct too. It'll be okay for me if the dictionary labels them as BrE and AmE respectively. But problem is, my idiot dictionary lists "heterogenous" and "heterogeneous" as two different words.!!!
I have respect for both dialects. In school, our listening materials have BrE and AmE mixed together and we are supposed to be able to understand both. But unfortunately most students can understand neither.
In recent years, AmE has sort of become mainstream in China. Many students are trying hard to learn American accents. And whereever you go you hear American English spoken. I personally would love to keep my own accent, which is a mixed sort of Chinese+British+American. haha. I find it dangerous not being able to understand British accent.
Last edited by pinbong; 11-Nov-2010 at 02:59.