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AMERICAN Vs. BRITISH ENGLISH


Generally, here in Indonesia, English learners are learning British English at school and I did it too. Besides British English, there are also American English and Australian English, which are rich of slang and non-formal expressions. But, whatever the English type we use, it still “English” itself. The differences are only showing us a set of different cultures. In daily use such as in speaking, British English is usually quite formal while American and Australian English is less formal. American English is also simpler in its writing form. Let’s check the comparison.

AMERICAN VS. BRITISH SPELLING DIFFERENCES AND COMMON WORDS

Ense vs. Ence

American

British

Defense

Defence

License

Licence

Practise

Practice

Er vs. Re

American

British

Center

Centre

Liter

Litre

Meter

Metre

Theater

Theatre

Or vs. Our

American

British

Color

Colour

Favorite

Favourite

Neighbor

Neighbour

Ed vs. T

American

British

Dreamed

Dreamt

Learned

Learnt

Burned

Burnt

K vs. Que

American

British

Bank

Banque

Check

Cheque

Checker

Chequer

Ize vs. Ise

American

British

Analyze

Analyse

Criticize

Criticise

Recognize

Recognise

Ll vs. L

American

British

Enrollment

Enrolment

Fulfill

Fulfil

Skillful

Skilful

Og vs. Ogue

American

British

Analog

Analogue

Catalog

Catalogue

Dialog

Dialogue

Common Words

American

British

Jewelry

Jewellery

Pajamas

Pyjamas

Plow

Plough

Program

Programme

Mom

Mum

Mustache

Moustache

Specialty

Speciality

Tire

Tyre

Whiskey

Whisky

Vacation

Holiday

Gas

Petrol

Parking lot

Car park

Subway

Underground

Highway / freeway

Motorway

Candy

Sweets

Chips

Crisps

French fries

Chips

Cookie

Biscuit

Take out

Takeaway

Soccer

Football

Football

American football

Elementary school

Primary school

High school

Secondary school

Recess

Break

Schedule

Timetable

Grade

Mark

Cell phone

Mobile phone

Elevator

Lift

Flashlight

Torch

Downtown

City centre

Trunk

Boot

Hood

Bonnet

Math

Maths

Restroom

Toilet

Drug store

Chemist

Zipper

Zip

Closet

Wardrobe

Line

Queue

Diaper

Nappy

Apartment

Flat

Liquor store

Off-licence

Store

Shop

Sales clerk

Shop assistant

Yard

Garden

Garbage / trash can

Rubbish

Fall

Autumn

Bathtub

Bath

Bill

Bank note

Call collect

Reverse the charges

Check

Bill

First floor

Ground floor

Movie

Film

One-way ticket

Single ticket

Round-trip ticket

Return ticket

Pants / slacks

Trousers

Period

Full stop

Principal

Head teacher

Purse

Handbag

Sidewalk

Pavement

Zip code

Postcode

Don’t be confused. We can use both of them without hesitation. There will be no difference when we speak them aloud.

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