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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


nice video thanks... :)

That was a nice video, I'm going to use it in my own class today as a teacher !

hello! i think American English is easier to listen than British English. And American English isn't not formal. It's so funny. It's my address of facebook : xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. I'm very glad to make friend with everyone who want to learning English. Don't hesitate to contact me.

Hello dicson!
I have to say, as a British English person, I think British English is easier – of course! :)
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Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

the characters in this video is young and fun. I like their style and their video too. I usually watch American film so I've heard many American words. I think American words are more informal than British words and so does the speaking way of American

I think that the British English is more polite than the American one. Anyways, the British English is gentlemen's language.
Thanks so much for the video.

I want to say English sounds more better than American. In the sounding of English  i find something refined, intelligent, mannered. In American - manial :)
Thank you, native speakers, for the pronunciation!

Thanks for your comment. I don't think that British English always sounds more refined and intelligent than American English - it's just the people who work on the LearnEnglish website who are refined and intelligent!
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

I think the British English more beautiful than American English, but there's so many differences! It's very interesting and  helped me very much, indeed

there are many differences