Do you prefer to learn American or British English? Why?

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Avatar do usuário Ravenna 70 3
w.slayman escreveu:
Ravenna escreveu:Ravenna,

Over the years I have had the opportunity to talk to many British subjects, and it has been my experience that, with the exception of a few words with different meanings, the difference in accents is not a major problem in communication. In my opinion the most important factors for effective communication are: using proper grammar, construction, and pronunciation, therefore a slight accent is not normally a factor. Since you are a native of Brazil you will probably have a predominantly Braizilian accent for quite some time. With that being said, I would like to offer a rewrite of your post for your consideration, it is in American English. ;)

I hope this helps you, please let me know.


Hi Bill, you corrections always help me! :D

About the 'accent' I meant that when I'm speaking English (actually trying to speak English) my 'English voice' sounds more American than British lol A teacher once said it was because the way I pronounce the letter "R".
Some Brazilians especially those ones from Brazilian states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Paraná, etc, pronounce the letter "R" kind of similar to the way Americans do. Ask you wife and she will tell you :D

All the best my friend!

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Avatar do usuário w.slayman 110
Ravenna,

Thank you for your kind words about my corrections.

I understand what you are saying about the letter "R", it is one of the few letters in Portuguese that I do not have trouble with.

Happy New Year
Feliz Ano Novo
Avatar do usuário Ravenna 70 3
w.slayman escreveu:Ravenna,

Thank you for your kind words about my corrections.

I understand what you are saying about the letter "R", it is one of the few letters in Portuguese that I do not have trouble with.

Happy New Year
Feliz Ano Novo


You're welcome Bill! ;) And Happy New Year to you too!

And good luck with your Portuguese studies in 2011!
Avatar do usuário Jedson 70 1 3
I study the two yet. I still didn't identify myself with one or the other.
Avatar do usuário w.slayman 110
Jedson escreveu:I study the two yet. I still didn't identify myself with one or the other.



Jedson,

Please consider this rewrite and let me know what you think.

"At the present time I have not decided which version of English I prefer, therefore I am content with a general study of English."
Avatar do usuário ENG_rafael 10
I prefer American English, because it is more understandable to me. Sometimes I cannot understand simple sentences spoken by britishes. There is another reason, the majority of the literatures in English I have been reading is from USA.
Avatar do usuário w.slayman 110
ENG_rafael escreveu:I prefer American English, because it is more understandable to me. Sometimes I cannot understand simple sentences spoken by britishes. There is another reason, the majority of the literatures in English I have been reading is from USA.


Rafael,

I would like to suggest three changes: the first - change "britishes" to "Englishmen"; second - change "literatures in English" to "English literature"; third - change "from USA" to "Americian". Thus giving a post that would read.

"I prefer American English, because it is more understandable to me. Sometimes I can not understand simple sentences spoken by Englishmen. There is another reason, the majority of the English literature I have been reading is American."

I hope the above makes sense to you, please let me know.
Avatar do usuário ENG_rafael 10
Bill,

I understand your changes and I enjoy them!
I wrote literatures in English due to in Portuguese we say this using the structure which is in my version, but English is not Portuguese. I will pay attention for this case.

Other question, may I say Britishers (it looks like Britishes) instead of Englishmen?

Thanks a lot
I like american english better, because for me it is prettier than british english. :)
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I prefer what some would call Global English (instead of American or British one).
This is a wonderful topic and we could be here discussing for the rest of our lives and we will end up without any practical conclusion. :!:
The question in itself narrows the language as if there were only two counties in the world where English is spoken. I am sure that the author knows it. English is spoken all around the world and, guess what? Even in Brazil the language can be spoken. :D
Then I answer the question with another question: how a language can be regarded as American or British if it can be spoken everywhere, I dare to say?