Is British English Better?
George Bernard Shaw once said “England and America are two countries separated by the same language.”.
British English is much older than American English, which developed in the United States since the 1700.
Michael McIntyre is a famous British comedian and in the video below he explains how Americans feel the need to simplify English words.
Enjoy this funny video and the British humor!
Simplifying English for The Americans | Michael McIntyre
The truth really is, all English speakers understand each other, despite the differences in their English. They watch each other’s movies, they read each other’s books, they work with each other, they read each other’s news. They we’re often exposed to the different words and spellings that English speakers use..
So my suggestion is to be open-minded and learn both English and American cultures and add news words to your vocabulary. This will give you more opportunities to have stimulating conversations and learning experiences!
Why is American English better than British English? Which variation is the best one?
First of all, there isn’t an easy answer to this question and it mainly depends on what drives students to the study of the English language. If you are interested in the big American dream then you will definitely approach the American English.
In my opinion, the American version of the English language is more suited to young and starter learners. There aren’t as many variations of pronunciation and slang as you could find within only the city of London itself.
American English is more approachable and easier to the ears of the European students when they have to get used to the pronunciation of it.
Clearly the grammar is the same as well as the lexicon (apart from small variations) but American English is the perfect way for your initiation to this international language.
What I always suggest to my students when they have to start exercising the listening to English is to begin watching tv series and the best options are tv sitcoms. The reason is that the episodes are usually twenty minutes long, they are easy to understand and preferably comedies. Some of the examples include Friends, The Office and Parks and Recreation. Needless to say they are all American. Another great options is to start familiarizing with the English language by watching American stand up comedians or the very popular late night shows such as Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel or Stephen Colbert.
As you can see there are plenty of sources in American culture that can help you with the study of the language. The importance is the approach, if you are interested in the culture of the country whom language you are studying then the love for this language will follow. Marta Botti
Valentina Borlini, docente di inglese, qualificata CELTA. Collabora con Centro Studi Ad Maiora. Ha vissuto e lavorato 6 anni a Dublino.
Marta Botti, docente di inglese e spagnolo. Collabora con Centro Studi Ad Maiora. Laureata in scienze linguistiche, ha ampliato le sue competenze professionali in Spagna.