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In an earlier video Tim talked about the pronunciation of the word advertisement. A number of people mentioned that there were other correct pronunciations from different parts of the English speaking world. In this follow-up video Tim compares some common differences between British English and American English pronunciation.

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British and American English Pronunciation

Someone clever and witty once said that Britain and America were two countries divided by a common language. Although no one can agree on who said it, it does highlight the way British English and American English speakers use the language in different ways. There are differences in grammar, vocabulary, spelling and of course, pronunciation. In Unit 17 Tim talked about the stress of the word advertisement. This led to a question about the American English pronunciation which has a different stress pattern. In this video Tim talks about some of the common pronunciation differences between these two English speaking nations.

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Summary

Native speakers from different countries and different parts of the same country pronounce English in different ways. There's no right, wrong or 'best' version of English. It can be useful though to be aware of certain differences in pronunciation.

Some common differences between US and UK English are:

This is a very short list of some of the common differences. There can be variations in which syllable is stressed, vowel sounds and consonant sounds. 

This table uses phonetic symbols. You can learn more about these in the pronunciation section.

 

Word

UK pronunciation 

US pronunciation 

ballet

'bæleɪ

bæ'leɪ

debris

'deɪbriː

də'briː

rotate 

rəʊ'teɪt

'rəʊteɪt 

translate 

træns'leɪt

'trænsleɪt

missile 

miseɪl

misəl

mobile 

'məʊbaɪl

'məʊbəl

new 

njuː

nuː

tube 

tjuːb

tuːb

glass 

glaːs

glæs

writer

'raɪtə

'raɪt̬ə

water 

'wɔːtə

'wɔːt̬ə

aluminium/aluminum 

ælə'mɪniəm

ə'luːmɪnəm

oregano 

ɑrɪ'gaːnəʊ

ə'regənəʊ

vitamin 

'vɪtəmɪn

'vaɪtəmɪn

yoghurt/yogurt 

'jɑgət

'jəʊgət

To do

How much do you know about the US and the UK? Try this general knowledge quiz to find out.

 

 

UK and US quiz

7 Questions

A general knowledge quiz about Britain and the US. How many can you get right without looking up the answers on the internet?

ਵਧਾਈ ਹੋਵੇ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਕੁਇਜ਼ ਪੂਰਾ ਕਰ ਲਿਆ
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਹਾਸਲ ਕੀਤੇ ਗਏ ਅੰਕ:
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End of session

Well done. That's the end of this session.

Many thanks to the staff and students at The London School of English for their help with this feature.

Thanks also to Tessa Delaunay-Martin for being Tim's invisible American English speaking friend.

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Session Vocabulary

  • Which English?

    There's no right, wrong or 'best' version of English.

    Native speakers from different countries and different parts of the same country pronounce English in different ways.

    Many people learn American English and experience it from TV programmes and films. There can be variations in which syllable is stressed, vowel sounds and consonant sounds.