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    Please help with British English

    I am an American teaching English to Chinese people. I need help understanding British English in order to differentiate between Chinese people making mistakes vs. Chinese people using British English and my misunderstanding this as mistakes. Are there any British English speakers who can help me out?

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    Re: Please help with British English

    Welcome to the forum.

    There are plenty of BrE speakers on the forum. Simply post your specific questions about usage and we will be able to comment on whether what you're hearing from your students is natural BrE or not.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Please help with British English

    Fire away.

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    Re: Please help with British English

    Hi everybody!

    I have a question about "holiday". Do speakers of British English always say "holiday" or do they sometimes say "vacation"?

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    Re: Please help with British English

    Start by clicking here and scrolling down to the fifth entry.

    You can read lots of similar threads on the same topic.

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    Re: Please help with British English

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    I have a question about "holiday". Do speakers of British English always say "holiday" or do they sometimes say "vacation"?
    We generally say holiday. We are familiar with the term vacation, and may use it occasionally, so it would be hard to say always. However, vacation is, I think, a very minor term for most speakers.

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    Re: Please help with British English

    I would say it's close to always.

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    Re: Please help with British English

    I only use "vacation" if I'm speaking to an American. Even then, I would probably only use it if I didn't think the person had had much exposure to BrE and wouldn't know what "I'm going on holiday" or "I'll be there for the school holidays" meant.
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    Re: Please help with British English

    Hi everyone!

    According to Google, England will have Spring Bank Holiday on May 28th. Let’s say it’s the week before, May 21st. In British English would you say, "We will have a holiday next week"?

    Sorry Rover, that link just takes me to a page trying to sell me English lessons.

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    Re: Please help with British English

    I'd say "We've got a bank holiday next week" or "Next Monday's a bank holiday". Even though the name suggests that it's only banks that close that day, it's not - some places observe the holiday and close but most stay open.
    If someone said to me "We will have a holiday next week", I would assume they meant they were going on holiday (going on vacation) the following week.

    The link that Rover posted works for me. If you scroll down, it should take you to lots of UsingEnglish hits. However, as you're quite new, you might still be getting advertising first.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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