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    I'm majoring in French and English

    The entry for the phrase to major in (a subject at university) in dictionaries says that it's used in American English (some dictionaries even say it's North American). What is the British English equivalent for this expression?
    E.g. how should I put the following sentence in British English:
    I am majoring in French and English at university.
    P.S. Is there some other verb besides studying in British English?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: I'm majoring in French and English

    "I'm doing French and English"

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    Re: I'm majoring in French and English

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Is there some other verb besides studying in British English?
    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, there is.

    I am reading French and English at university.

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    Re: I'm majoring in French and English

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    I am reading French and English at university.
    Does reading really mean studying? Can a student say so? I thought that lecturers read their lectures...
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: I'm majoring in French and English

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Does reading really mean studying?
    Yes.

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    Re: I'm majoring in French and English

    read

    VB

    11. to study (a subject), as at a university: reading history at Oxford
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    (Collins)

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