British English vs. American English
- The best known feature of American English as opposed to British
English is the simplified spelling of suffixes
American English (AmE)
British English (BE)
- There are some differences in stress and pronunciation
- Obviously, vocabulary sometimes deviates:
Due to mass media this divergence seems to be decreasing!
Americans tend to neglect the use of present perfect. It is totally
possible to use "I just ate." instead of "I have
Is this a problem for learning English?
As mentioned above, we are talking about standard varieties,
not regional dialects. Dialects and slang can be strong and difficult
to understand, no matter where you are going. However, standard
varieties are hardly ever mutually incomprehensible and are all
totally acceptable in official context and examinations!
In all recommended language schools you are taught standard English.
Acquiring some local slang and dialectal vocabulary is fun and adds
excitement to your English learning experience. However, your main
activities will be centered around standard English!
International English courses in the United
States or Great Britain!