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Good morning/afternoon everyone, my name is Claudia and I’m almost fifteen. I’m student of Casa Nostra School. Today, I’m going to do a presentation about British English vs. American English. First I’m going to talk about how English language arrived in America. Second, I’m going to talk about differences in spelling, vocabulary and with some verbs between British English and American English. And finally I’m going to explain some facts about America and some facts about England like famous people, surnames, food… Ok, then. Are you ready?
- Do you know how people speak English in America today?
People from Europe went to America to explore this new continent. There they found a place with some important resources and it was its inhabitants were native Americans. Some of the European explorers had a good relationship with indigenous people and they created permanent settlements. Some of them could not adapt to this new land and left. In the beginning there were 13 colonies in the East Coast and this was the origin of America. Then, this new continent had no more relationships with England and there were some changes in the languages, even in the inside of the colonies. English language continued to evolve both in America and Europe separately. This includes differences in pronunciation as well as use of specific words. In America, the language picked up influences from native Americans for the local fauna and flora that did not exist in Europe and there were also influences of other settlers: Dutch, French and Spanish. The peak of immigration to the British colonies was in the 17th century and many words that were used by British people at that time have disappeared in the English language of nowadays but they continue to use them in America. For example: “fall” and “gotten”.
- Differences in spelling:
British English: colour, traveller, mum, American English: color, traveller, mom,
- Differences in vocabulary:
British English Biscuit Car park Chemist’s American English cookie Parking lot French fries
Film Petrol station Football Fortnight Full stop Headmaster Lift Motorway Post Queue Rubber Rubbish Timetable Tube/underground Lorry Holidays Autumn
Movie Gas station Soccer Tow weeks Period Principal Elevator Highway Mail Line Eraser Trash Schedule subway Truck Vacation Fall
- Differences in use of verbs:
British English: I have got / I haven’t got, participle of get: got American English: I have / I don’t have, participle of get: gotten
- American facts
A selection of popular American sportsmen, sportswomen, and athletes that are from the country of the USA: Famous American Sportspeople and Athletes Yogi Berra LeBron James Michael Jordan Shaquille O'Neal Tiger Woods
Below is a selection of famous American actors and actresses listed alphabetically - United States of America. Famous American Actors and Actresses Tom Cruise Miley Cyrus Johnny Depp Mel Gibson Edward Norton Robin Williams
Beyonce Knowles Jennifer Lopez Britney Spears Rihanna
While most commonly known "American Food" is rooted from another cuisine, some of the most common ones are hamburgers, french fries, ice cream, etc. There is probably no singular defined famous food...
The top 10 surnames
Smith Johnson Williams Jones Brown Davis Miller Wilson Moore Taylor
- British facts
Diana, Princess of Wales Charles Darwin William Shakespeare Sir Isaac Newton Queen Elizabeth I John Lennon Sir Alexander Fleming Queen Elizabeth II David Beckham Sir Alexander Graham Bell Food Roast Beef ,Yorkshire Pudding, Toad-in-the-Hole, Roast Meats, Fish and Chips, Ploughman's Lunch, Cottage Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Gammon Steak with egg, Lancashire Hotpot, Bubble and Squeak, English Breakfast, Bangers and Mash, Black Pudding, Bacon Roly-Poly, Cumberland Sausage, Pie and Mash with parsley liquor.
The top 10 surnames
(are the same in England) Smith Johnson Williams Jones Brown Davis Miller Wilson Moore Taylor
CONCLUSION: - Do you know if our teacher Alex speaks British or American?