sexta-feira, 6 de novembro de 2009

American English X British English

Other than the enormous difference above, there are some English expressions in-between it.

As an ESL teacher and student of Letters, with focus on Sociolinguistics, I tend to classify languages by using a different viewpoint from that used by common sense. Here, down in Brazil, most people, who have been into English or not, have sometime in their lives heard that British English is better or more correct than American English. FORGET ABOUT THIS STATEMENT!

Around the world, there are about 50 countries in which the English Language is used as the official. These are the most known countries: Australia, New Zeland, the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Canada, Nigeria, and South Africa.

What I am trying to say is that it is really ignorant to assert one type of English is better than the other. THEY ARE ONLY DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER!
Some expressions in English, even though it is one language, might be swapped for another according to the borough, city, state, region, country, social groups and so forth.


In the USA you might hear "What's up?", "What's good?", "What it do?", "What it is yo?", "What's popping?", "What's new?", "How's it hanging?", "What's cracking?" or "What's going on?". All of them mean the same thing.
In Jamaica, the same sentences would be switched into "Wha gwaan?".
In London, England, people use the expression"What's the chat, mate?"

There are also people who believe American English is more peppered with slang than British English. HELL NO!
English people use slang terms as well as American people do. Have you ever heard of COCKNEY? If so, you know what I'm talking about.

British English

American English

  • Cheers mate!
  • I've got to go!
  • Barrister
  • Lorry
  • At the weekend
  • Sweets
  • Gangway
  • Holiday

  • Thanks man!
  • Gotta go!
  • Lawyer
  • Truck
  • On the weekend
  • Candies
  • Aisle
  • Vacation

Do not judge people by the way they talk because that doesn't really make any sense. Idiolect is the way people individually use the language. Although, we are from the same area, the way I use the language is different from the way others do. That is why your teacher knows if you wrote the composition assigned or if you you simply looked it up on a random website, copied it, pasted it and printed it out. Keep up with your studies! No matter which variety of English you catch up with, the best English is spoken internationally throughout the Earth.

Rodrigo Pelegrini Honorato
ESL Teacher

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