British and American English


British and American English

The English language was introduced to the Americans through British colonization in the early 17th century and it spread to many parts of the world because of the strength of the British empire. Over the years, English spoken in the United States and in Britain started diverging from each other in various aspects. This led to two dialects in the form of the American English and the British English.                                 

(source: Wikipedia)

The most significant differences between British and American English are in their pronunciations, vocabularies, and spelling.


There are many differences in American and British English vocabulary

trousers pants
sofa couch
underground subway
flat apartment
hoover vacuum cleaner
shop store
dustbin trash can
lorry truck
shopping centre mall
angry mad
autumn fall
chemist’s drug store
nappy diaper
pavement sidewalk
cupboard closet
petrol station gas station
rubbish trash
tap faucet
cooker stove
car park parking lot
candies sweets
biscuits cookies
dinner jacket tuxedo
holiday vacation
lift elevator




Finally, there are spelling differences. Below are three rules you can follow.

  • Most words ending in -our in British English are spelled without the u in American English humour/humor, behaviour/behavior
  • Most words ending in -re in British English are spelled with -er in American English centre/center, litre/liter
  • Many British English verbs ending in -ise are spelled with -ize in American English realise/realize, organise/organize.


Students from classes 6a and 6b took place in a vocabulary quiz. The aim of the game was to find British and American words which mean the same. All students were well prepared so everyone was the winner and got the prize.



 British and American English – presentation


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