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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


it's also available on youtube. all you have to do is write the title and add british council, and that's it! good luck! <3

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sir, I want to know , if I start an application" with due respect I beg to lay before you", will it be right?

Hello Mamuni,

That is grammatically correct, but so formal and old-fashioned that it would sound very strange to most native speakers nowadays.

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Dear Kirk...
I have a question but this is technical so I have samsung tablet 2014 edition. wich exercises can not work.
I have been trying many way but I did not.i have loading flash player and java.
How should I find a solution. Did you have a question like this.
I appericate that of you may help me...

Hi serhat78,

What you need to see the video and exercises is the latest version of the Adobe Flash player. If you already have that installed, it might be worth downloading it and installing it again - I don't know, but sometimes that helps.

Are you able to see the video? From your message, I understand that perhaps you can see the video but not the exercises. Please also note that in the exercise tabs, there is no activity under 'Watch' - only under 'Preparation' and 'Task'.

We'll do our best to help you!

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many years ı have spoke american English but Britain English have some words are different

Great! Thank you very much for useful and interesting videos!


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