Which do you think is easier to understand British English or American English? Why?????
I hear more American English on TV and in music so i think that it is better for me. Do you agree?
I think that we aren't very good English speakers (and listeners) to choose the only American or British English. I think we have to understand both English and American people, and people for whom English is a second language as well.
So if there were really differences (like a "lift" and an "elevator", it's the simplest) it would be nice to have some comments about both variants.
Hi Chris and everybody,
I think that apart from the greatest difference (which is the accent) there is no really great difference between British English and American English. Ofcourse, there are several expressions that aren't used in American English and vice versa, as well as some grammar peculiarities. But after all both languages are English, aren't they.
If you are a beginner and your teacher of English is British or uses British accent you tend to understand British English better, providing you are not confronted let's say with a Cockney. In such a case you may get a feeling that your tuition fee should be given back to you because by some dreadful mistake they have been teaching you some kind of strange language which you originally thought had been English.
Then it is a question of the speed of speech you are faced with. As to my experience, for a person who is not a native English speaker it is much easier to understand some other non-native English speaker (even if he speaks with a strong accent borrowed from his/her own mother tongue:-), than somebody who comes from UK ot US. It is because the speach of the native English speaker is absolutely fluent and fast and full of idioms or slang, not speaking of almost all word-endings lost somewhere amidst the fast-flowing current of words. This is natural ofcourse. After all, the English (or American) have been practicing their English since childhood, haven't they. As a result when confronted with an English native speaker the poor pupil of English ends up frustrated, discouraged and lost:-(.
Well, well. English is not difficult at all, but unfortunately it takes years to master the fluency. But, as everybody knows it's practice that makes perfect.
Finally, if I was asked which accent I preferred, I would have to admit that English English was my favourite.
Sorry for the length.
British english is best.
I love British English.
Actually, I think American and British grammar are not that different. But most people prefer American English because it is more easy to speak. Although the English accent is one of the most difficult to perfect.
But I still love British English anyway.
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I think, The english and english american are different. Because, when I stay in HaNo three year ago. I learned english very well. But when I Have come to HCM city where use english america, they pronounce different with me. So it is difficult for me when they talking to me, and it is not easy for them to understand, because i stress high tone but they stress drop tone. But now, i have to learn american english, becuase allmost people in HCM city use it. and my job need it and when i defend my essay for master development economic, i have needed it.
I think, the british english and american english are difficult to understand. But i think the american english are easier, because a lot of people from america come to Vietnam for business and traveling. So i get in touch a lot of people from america. so i understand american english more.
But here everyone speaks American English.It's easy but i feel there is not much difference in both..im learning British English.
British English is easier to understant .
hi chirs im asha an im very happy to use your very good an useful site im easy with british english but i wana learn an american also.
i think Britist English is very hard to speak and speak, American English has an accent stronger and better melody. i prefer to learn American English.
the easire sure american english..because we hearing american english from others mor than british english so that will help us to learn it Quickly and easire .
but british english is more pure..
thanks chris your are very Active in forum,,good job.
I THINK THE British English IS VERY EASY
I think that British English is better than American English, but I've to say that American English is easier to understand...
I love Brithis accent, and I love listening english people talk...
That's why I love British groups like Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, Oasis etc...
For me,it's the American English,because the next year I am sitting for ECPE,which is an American university exam for knowledge of the English language.
Also,it's more understandable than British English,which have a strange accent
American English is better than British English because it’s too easy to learn and understand.
I think British English is easier because it has more rules,but American British is like an English dialect with lot's of changed worlds.What is more there are many deviations from language norms,so it is more difficult to understand speaker.
For me I think American English is more easier than British. Because usually in our school we are study American English and usually we are listening American music and other things......... But I prefer British English, it's a little hard, but I think it's more interesting...)
British English of course - English English actually. It's more correct, more precise, and more accurate.
i havet so much knowldge about both lagguages .....so i have no idea
I think British English is better, because I love the original. American English has so many slang and double-meaning words that makes it difficult to learn properly.
I thinkis easier to understand British English than American, becouse I hear it much better.
i prefer amirecan english..i think thats more usuful than british english
American is definitely easier to understand for me as most TV shows are in American english and I guess I just get used to the dialect...
I think American English is easier to understand than British English.
I always have more difficulties to understand british english... the American english looks more easy.
actually i really dont know whats he diffrence between american enlish n british english. so i nt able to give the proper answer on this topic.
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