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

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Avatar do usuário Flavia.lm 3885 1 9 86
Do you prefer to learn American or British English? Why?

Examples of answer:

- I prefer to learn American English, because someday I hope to visit America, especially Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
- I like American English better, because I work in the tourist industry and most of our clients are from America.
- I prefer to learn British English, because once a year I visit my cousin who lives in London, England.

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Avatar do usuário Sra_Tradutora 3290 6 73
As an English speaker, I'm answering the question "Do you prefer to learn Portuguese from Brazil or Portugal? Why?"

Being North American, I tend to favor the languages of the Americas rather than the languages of Europe. While I do appreciate some of the things the Old World has to offer (culture, architecture, foods, etc.), I find the American languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese) more straightforward and effective, which I think is important when it comes to communication.
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Avatar do usuário Marcio_Farias 12360 1 22 206
I learned AmE because a friend of my father's[1] tipped him off on the local Binational Center (Soc. Cultural Brasil-Estados Unidos) back in the 70's. Also, most of the people I happened to talk in English to came from the US, my niece's ex-husband appearing as the last American person I had a chance of talking in English to. (He and my niece broke up a couple of years ago.)

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[1] My 94-year-old father died at 8 p.m., 17 Aug 2010.
Avatar do usuário w.slayman 110
Marcio_Farias escreveu:I learned AmE because a friend of my father's[1] tipped him off on the local Binational Center (Soc. Cultural Brasil-Estados Unidos) back in the 70's. Also, most of the people I happened to talk in English to came from the US, my niece's ex-husband appearing as the last American person I had a chance of talking in English to. (He and my niece broke up a couple of years ago.)

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[1] My 94-year-old father died at 8 p.m., 17 Aug 2010.


Marcio,

A couple of minor changes might be in order. I learned ... tipped him off to the local ... I happened to talk to in English ... my niece's ex-husband was the last American I had ... . (Delete person as slightly redundant)

I know, I am nitpicking again.

As a final thought I would like to offer my most heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father.
Avatar do usuário Marcio_Farias 12360 1 22 206
Bill, thank you. My word order mistakes and misplaced clauses surely do give me away as an ESL speaker. I will try to carefully watch my grammar next time. :)

And thank you for condolences. The old man eluded the hospital bed into the comfort of a well-deserved grave. If he survived, he'd live the rest of his days intravenously fed in a hospital.
U.S or U.K, fancy that! - actually I love both. But.....

make sure which coutry you are going to visit, because oh yeah they speak a different English in GENERAL. I majored in Letras in Brazil, then I spent 6 months in Oxford/UK, after that I married to an American man. Uh, you gotta know U.S. English. :shock:

I am currently a sophomore liberal arts student majoring in English Degree(B.A English) here in Minnesota and yes, since I came to this country in 2006, I am still learning the real American English.

brasilian there - brazilian here (and don't try to write "brasilian" if you are writing an important essay :?
Avatar do usuário w.slayman 110
I prefer Americian English, because the spelling, pronunciation, enunciation, punctuation, and phrases are correct, where in British English all the former are incorrect. ;)

I wonder if my predilection is influenced by my allegiance to my nationality? :lol:

As George Bernard Shaw said, "Two peoples separated by a common language."

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Sorry London, sorry Oxford, but I love american English. I'm just fascinated! :)
But I gotta say, after I started watching Family Guy and saw the pronunciation of Stewie Griffinn, I started liking British English too.

However... America rules! Hahaha!

See you guys! \Õ
Avatar do usuário ailime 60 1
I have no preference, I do like both. After all they are "English", aren't they?? ;) That is what matters to me. :lol:

ailime
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I prefer American, I've studied American English since I was 6 yo, but, now, I'm in trouble, cos, in Kuwait, people speak British English... :(
I prefer American English, because my dream is going to Harvard University, so I need to learn American English, all the best universities in the world are in the USA.