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How to understand the differences between British and American English

Learn some common words that are used differently in British and American English.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the task. You can read the transcript at any time.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Hi ramcis,

Right now it isn't possible to download these videos, only to stream them (i.e. watch them online). I'm sorry if this causes any inconvenience.

You are able to stream the video, aren't you?


The LearnEnglish Team

 Thank you!)

Hi Adam.
I'm an English teacher in China. It would be great if I could download these videos. That would make it easier for me to show my students in their classroom!
Kind regards,

 Thanks for the lesson! Which kind of language is more used in other countries? I mean which of them is universal? British or American English? 

Although British and American English are the two best-known varieties of English, there are many others, such as Canadian, Australian, Jamaican and Singapore English. There are also different varieties of English within countries, so there is not one British English, but rather a group of Englishes in different parts of the UK.
The most important thing is not to choose one English to learn, but instead to be able to understand as many different forms of English as possible and also to speak & write English that most people can understand.
I hope that helps.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

both of  them are universal

Its a good exercise, here i would like to share one thing more, In America we call
and in State we call ground floor,,ok

Hello everybody,i just loved this exercise cause here i really got to know the difference between american english and british english.its too great...

I think the world is The Tower of Babel!

Hi everyone,
I'm new here,very new,and i would like to try these exercises.
I hope to get along.