Tag Archives: American English

Why Native English Speakers Don’t Speak Other Languages Abroad (and why they should)

To parler, or not to parler, is that the question? Or, in other words, how do you feel about using another language when you go on holiday? According to a British Council survey published in this BBC article, there are very mixed feelings amongst those from the UK when it comes to speaking a language […]

Strange…or Accurate? An American’s Take on British English

Speaking and understanding English is a complicated thing, whether it’s your mother tongue or an adopted language. From Great Britain to the United States and Australia to Scotland, English is spoken around the world as a primary and as a second language for many people looking to advance personally or professionally. Furthermore, the British are […]

Britishisms in America

According to an article from BBC News, British English words and phrases are creeping in to American English. Ben Yagoda, Professor of English at the University of Delaware, has even set up a blog to track them. He’s so far found around 150, from skint to cheers and loo to mate. According to an associate […]

10 British insults

There are a lot of similarities between American English and British English. There are also a lot of differences, and these are a lot more fun! BBC America is helping smooth the linguistic pathway, with its list of “10 Stinging British Insults”, only one of which is reproduced below as the rest are NSFW. Minger […]