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  • Hi friends Niharika here welcome back. Well, are you peckish or are you hungry? In today's

  • lesson we are gonna look at the differences between the British and American English,

  • specifically food related. So if you are travelling to any of these countries, it's important

  • for you to know the difference, because if you walk into a restaurant and say something

  • and if it's a British word, the Americans will have no clue what you saying. So use

  • the right words and this lesson will help you to do that.

  • The very first one that I have for you here is a Biscuit.

  • Now biscuit is the sweet biscuit that we end up eating

  • with our tea or with our coffee. Now that's in British English, however when it comes

  • to Americans they don't call it as a biscuit. It's a cookie for them, now if you go to

  • America and you say, I would like to have a biscuit for them biscuit is a complete different

  • thing. Biscuit is a flour based baked food, so that's in America, but then in British

  • English it's called a scone. So you got that difference? A sweet biscuit is biscuit

  • in British English, where as in for Americans its cookie, but a flour based baked food you

  • know looks little round and its nice and fluffy in British English it's called a scone,

  • whereas it's a biscuit for the Americans. The next one we have is a Banger. Well, banger

  • is a ground meat, which is processed, so it is like cylindrical in shape so that's a

  • banger. It's called as a sausage in America. Now even in Britain it's called a sausage,

  • but if we look at the old English, then it is called as a banger. So banger means sausage.

  • The next one minced meat. Now minced meat is crushed or meat which is chopped into real

  • tiny pieces, that's minced meat. We also call it as minced beef. Whereas in America

  • it is called as ground meat, so ground meat or ground beef. Meat which is crushed into

  • pieces or it is chopped into very very tiny pieces. Then the sea food, the famous shell

  • fish, prawns. Ooh! I love prawns. So prawn is in British English, whereas shrim, its

  • shrimp. I'm sorry about that; it's not shrim, its shrimp. That's for the Americans.

  • The next one candy floss. Well, we all kids love to eat candy floss. They are in different

  • colors pink, yellow and I think in peach as well, so its candy floss in British English.

  • Whereas Americans don't call it as candy floss. They will have no clue what you talking

  • about, so its cotton candy. I would like to have some cotton candy. So if you go to America

  • and probably if you are in an amusement park or you are in a zoo, where you spot someone

  • selling cotton candy, you're gonna ask for cotton candy, you're not gonna say, I would

  • like to eat a candy floss. It is gonna be cotton candy. Then the next one chips. I would

  • like to have some chips with my rice. Now chips is the French fries, the fries that

  • we get in Mc Donald's. Now it is chips in British English. If you go to Britain and you

  • go to McDonald's they also call it as chips, so chips is the French fries the potato fries.

  • Whereas French fries is what Americans call it. Now if you go and ask for chips in America

  • then for them chips is you know the Pringles or the Lays that we eat, you go to a gas station,

  • you pick up little tiny packets of chips. So chips for them is like Pringles or Lays.

  • But when it comes to British English they call it as crisps. I would like to go pick

  • up some crisps from the gas station. So crisps and chips. Got the difference? In British

  • English chips is Mc Donald's fries the potato deep fried chips, whereas it's called as

  • French fries in America. And crisps is the Lays or Pringle, whereas in America they just

  • call it chips. I would like to snack on some chips. And then the next one Ice lolly. Ice

  • lolly that's a cute word, ice lolly is a flavored water based frozen stick. The ones

  • that we really love to lick in the summers. So when you go to Britain then it's gonna

  • be ice lolly. You go to a super market, you go to a store, you're gonna ask for ice

  • lolly. So you know we have orange sticks, we have pineapple, mango, so they are all

  • flavored one frozen ice sticks, but they are called as ice lollies. Whereas in America

  • it's not called as ice lolly, it's called as Popsicle. I would like to eat a Popsicle;

  • I'm craving for a Popsicle. So it's really hot, I wanna go buy some Popsicles. So Popsicles

  • are again the flavored ice sticks. And then the last one you go to a restaurant and you

  • ask for jacket potato. That's gonna be when you are sitting in a nice pricy restaurant

  • in London. You are gonna ask for jacket potato and not baked potato, so jacket potato is

  • baked potato of course with a skin with some sour cream and with some cheese on top of

  • it, that’s jacket potato. But in America or in American restaurants, it's called

  • as baked potato. That is just the same thing. So these are some differences, so it's not

  • just you know when we talk about differences between British and American English. It's

  • not just all about spellings. So certain things have complete different name to it and that's

  • how it is and it's important for you to know that, because if you are learning English,

  • then it's better to know it all. So hope this lesson is helpful to you. Go enjoy if

  • you're in a restaurant or if you are just hanging out with friends in Britain or in

  • America, hope these words are useful to you.

  • I'll be back with a new lesson. Till then take care.

Hi friends Niharika here welcome back. Well, are you peckish or are you hungry? In today's

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Difference between British English and American English (Food Vocabulary) - Speak Fluent English

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