British X American

Hi everyone!

English is spoken all over the world and the pronunciation depends a lot on where the speaker comes from. But the differences between British and American English is another pair of shoes! Americans and British people often spell the same word differently and there are also many cases in which the two varieties of English use completely different words to describe the same thing.

Check here a small list of various British words and expressions and their American equivalents!

BRITISH         
AMERICAN
aeroplane
airplane
aubergine
eggplant
biscuit
cookie; cracker
candyfloss
cotton candy
casualty
emergency room
 BRITISH                         AMERICAN
 chemist  drugstore
 chips  French fries
 cinema  movie theater, the movies
 courgette  zucchini
 crisps  chips; potato chips

 BRITISH AMERICAN
  dustbin  garbage can
 flat  apartment
 football  soccer
 footway  sidewalk
 garden  yard; lawn

 BRITISH AMERICAN 
 Holiday  vacation
 jumper  sweater
 junior school  elementary school
 kennel  doghouse
 ladybird  ladybug
 lift  elevator
 lolly  lollipop
 maize  corn
 mobile phone  cell phone

See you soon!

Andréa Vedovato
Englisch and Portuguese Teacher

 

 

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