Trousers or pants? Can you tell the difference?


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Match the words in American English with the words in British English.




what is difference between British English Language and American English Language

Hello Nizam,

The video on this page focuses on some differences in vocabulary, but there can also be differences in other areas such as spelling and pronunciation. Still, the English and the American varieties of English have much more in common than they do not.

There is a Wikipedia entry on this topic as well as another video at the Voice of America that give more information on the topic if you're interested.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

ı have a question.
I couldn't hear the part, written upper case in the dialogue below,
Man: Yeah, I picked up some of the American words, AND NOW I FORGET which ones to use! So confusing!
Because I have doubt, could you please confirm that the transcript and speech on the video matches precisely? Thank you.

Hello LearnEnglish2016,

The man does indeed say 'and now I forget', albeit very quickly. It's great that you listen to the recordings this closely!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

good one

Great video!Thank you people for this,and it would be great if you could make more videos like this one(on this subject).All the best

Hello stelarossa,

Thanks for your feedback! There is one other video on LearnEnglish that deals with this topic – it's the first video in the History chapter of Word on the Street – plus a page in our Grammar & Vocabulary section. You can find these by using the search facility – see the small loupe at the top right of the screen.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have a fear to learn the twice terms in the same time. I think it's confused and in the moment, i can't speak both the USA as for UK.

Hello jorgelpiva,

I wouldn't worry about this too much. Americans and Brits have no trouble at all communicating with each other; in very rare cases, they might get confused about something small, but overall there are no problems due to their different ways of speaking. By the way, there's more on this topic in the History chapter of Word on the Street.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have been taught in English since primary school but I have always not found the courage to talk to people freely in english. I always fear I might make a mistake. I always struggle to find the right word to use to describe what I want to say when talking to people in English. This has become a great source of worry to me since I work in an environment that requires me to do health education to a large number of people. Am also always cobfused about how to pronounce some words. Am about loosing interest in the work I do because of this problem, please help me improve my oral english. Thanks