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

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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.

Now it is your turn!
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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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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.

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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.

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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 :?
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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."

Words to look up in order improve your vocabulary:
Pronunciation versus Enunciation
Predilection

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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

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I have no preference, I do like both. After all they are "English", aren't they?? ;) That is what matters to me. :lol:

ailime

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... :(

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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.

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Leandrocs,

I have no suggested improvements. Very nicely done.

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Well, I'd love to understand BrE, but I can barely understand what a Brit speaks. Sometimes I panick when I have to call someone from UK or answer the phone (and it's a Brit), and I have to do so at my job. I learned American English and whenever I talk to a English person they say my accent is a bit American. That's okay. I am really trying hard to 'learn' how to sound more British. Because all Native speakers I have to talk to is from UK or Europe, where they learn BrE.

Does it make sense? I hope so...
Ravenna.

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Ravenna escreveu:Well, I'd love to understand BrE, but I can barely understand what a Brit speaks. Sometimes I panick when I have to call someone from UK or answer the phone (and it's a Brit), and I have to do so at my job. I learned American English and whenever I talk to a English person they say my accent is a bit American. That's okay. I am really trying hard to 'learn' how to sound more British. Because all Native speakers I have to talk to is from UK or Europe, where they learn BrE.

Does it make sense? I hope so...
Ravenna.
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'd love to understand British English, but I can barely understand what an Englishman says. Sometimes I panic when I have to call someone from the UK or answer the phone at work and an Englishman is on the other end. I originally learned American English and when I talk to a British subject, they say I have a bit of an American accent. I am trying very hard to learn how to sound more British, because most of the people I have to talk to in English use the British version."

I hope this helps you, please let me know.

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I like both, but I prefer to learn american english because all the movies, tv shows and musics I watch and listen to are from the USA. but I think it's important to have contact with british english, in case you have to speak with someone from england.
Israel_Ribeiro escreveu: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
Yeah! Stewie's accent is awesome :D, by the way family guy's new season comes out tomorrow :D Can't wait for it ;)

Ohoo what a nice topic :)

But actually I love British English. I dont know the why... but i have serious problems with American Englisn.
And my girlfriend is from Hungarian... another reason to learn British one ;) accent and the slowly form to speak words of Britishes are the biggest cause. :) BE in mind :P


PS: I'm new here :)

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Otavio,

I would like to offer a few suggestions to your post.

American, British, England and English should be capitalized, music is both singular and plural so musics is incorrect.

Also the first sentence in your signature line should read "If I write something that is wrong, please let me know." However an even better way to say what you mean would be "Please let me know if my grammar or spelling is incorrect."

Please let me know if you understand the subtleties of why I suggested these changes.

To improve your vocabulary look up:
Subtleties

American English! Because it's relaxing and spontaneous!

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Flavia Gabriela,

Very nicely and correctly written. However I think some of the students may not agree with what you wrote. ;) :lol:

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Thank you very much Mr. slayman! and Flavia, I agree with you, American English seems more relaxing and spontaneous :D

I surely prefer American English because that's variation in which I irrefragably have more contact (obviously). And its pronunciation is quite easier for me than British English pronunciation, because of the 1st reason.

I don't know, but there's something in BrE (let's shrink) that souds weird to me (but I have to confess that Morissey is making my mind about it. hahahaha).

But here's the deal: even prefering (?) AmE, one of my dreams is to travel around the Europe, so... I should prefer BrE.
Am I going to have problems with that? I mean, with the fact that I think BrE weird? hahaha

Cya :)

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laryro escreveu:I surely prefer American English because that's variation in which I irrefragably have more contact (obviously). And its pronunciation is quite easier for me than British English pronunciation, because of the 1st reason.

I don't know, but there's something in BrE (let's shrink) that souds weird to me (but I have to confess that Morissey is making my mind about it. hahahaha).

But here's the deal: even prefering (?) AmE, one of my dreams is to travel around the Europe, so... I should prefer BrE.
Am I going to have problems with that? I mean, with the fact that I think BrE weird? hahaha

Cya :)
Laryssa,

Please see my reply to Ravenna, near the top of page 2 of this topic, with reference to having trouble with British English. Then please consider the changes I made to your post in this rewrite, and let me know what you think of it.

"I surely prefer American English because that's the variation which I irrefutably have had more contact with. Its pronunciation is quite easier for me than British English, which is due to having more contact with American English.

I don't know why, but there's something in British English that sounds weird to me, however I must confess that Morissey is helping me make my mind up about it.

I have a concern, eventhough I prefer American English, one of my dreams is to travel around Europe, and I am worried that I may have problems while in Europe since I learned American English and think British English is weird."

I hope that this posting and any future postings help you better understand English.

Hey, Bill.

I saw your reply to Ravenna, it was very well explained.

As I'm forced to study English by myself, my knowledge is based in what I watch, listen and read, using Google Translator, and wonderful sources like this site and sometimes asking my friends and my teacher in high school. It's working fine untill now, but think it's not enough and, unfortunately, there's nothing I can do at this moment to change this situation, because I'm a teenager and I cannot get a job.

However, thank you again. And believe me, you're helping a lot everyone here. :D

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laryro escreveu:Hey, Bill.

I saw your reply to Ravenna, it was very well explained.

As I'm forced to study English by myself, my knowledge is based in what I watch, listen and read, using Google Translator, and wonderful sources like this site and sometimes asking my friends and my teacher in high school. It's working fine untill now, but think it's not enough and, unfortunately, there's nothing I can do at this moment to change this situation, because I'm a teenager and I cannot get a job.

However, thank you again. And believe me, you're helping a lot everyone here. :D
Laryssa,

Just one suggestion this time: Your last sentence should read:

"And believe me, you're helping everyone here a lot."

Otherwise very nicely done.

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I prefer to learn American English. In my opinion, it sounds better and has a better accent.

British English, of course!

Specially from the north of England (and Scotland too, hehe). That it's included slangs, obscene words, cultural aspects, intonation, accent, grammatical style... whatever!

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I want to learn both! Because for me it doesn't matter if it is AmE or BrE, I like the English language in general, every little thing from both varieties, I know this is crazy, but I don't care if I get "a little bit" confused by them! :D

I prefer the american english just because I know better the accent and it's the most popular english.

Both, because the language english is speaked for differents people around the word
and the limitation isn´t well.
Exist brazilian english, chineses english, american english, british english.....so many other manner
of speak english. It´s important knows the max ...

ta ta for now

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greyce escreveu:Both, because the language english is speaked for differents people around the word
and the limitation isn´t well.
Exist brazilian english, chineses english, american english, british english.....so many other manner
of speak english. It´s important knows the max ...

ta ta for now
If I may rewrite it...

Both, because the English language is spoken by many different people around the world and this limitation isn't good.
There are Brazilian, Chinese, American, British, and many other ways of speaking English. It's important to know the maximum of these "Englishs".

Bye for now

I don't have any preference about this. I like both. In thuth, I don't no what's the real difference between American and British English. I think the pronounce and grammar are a little bit different. Is it something more?

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