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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


British and American English have differences in grammar too? 

Hello toktonaliev,
There are some differences in the grammar systems, but these tend to be very limited and certainly not something that would be seen as an error or cause problems in understanding.  An example is the differences in the way the present perfect and past simple is used in British and American English, where American English speakers tend to use the past simple more, especially for recent past ('I lost my pen' rather than I've lost my pen', for example).
I hope that answers your question.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

hi every body i love to reading people comment about different language but one think i want not to come few  i just want to remember English only.ha ha.

i am working on it but its little bit difficult :( 

is there anybody who can speak in British accent please add me on facebook or skype.

Hello aqasewani!
If you want to improve your British accent, then keep listening to British English! Most of our material has British accents. However, I shouldn't worry too much about it - it can take a long time to reach native speaker pronunciation!

Also, please remember our house rules ask you not to share personal information, including Skype and e-mail. This is to protect you and everyone else who uses our site.
Have fun, and enjoy your stay on LearnEnglish!
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

hi Jeremy Bee i replyed you post but you did not get. well i want to learn about 

Expression: like None of my concern etc please help me 


Abdul Qadir Sewani

HI Jeremy Bee Thank you for such nice reply with advice .  I  already listing British English  as  can as possible  for me but for improving my conversation skills i need to talk with native speakers for that  my  skype id is. 



Abdul Qadir Sewani

Hi Abdul,
I understand that you want to practise your English. However, as Jeremy said, the House Rules say that you are not allowed to share your Skype id. Please don't do that here.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I love British accent. I think it is very fluently.....

This video is so useful to learn about two kinds of English, but the problem here how I can download it in my computer ...