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  • Hello everyone, and welcome back to English with Lucy.

  • I've got a pronunciation video for you today,

  • no I haven't, I haven't.

  • I don't, it's not a pronunciation video.

  • Hello everyone, and welcome back to English with Lucy.

  • Today I've got an American versus British

  • video for you today.

  • I did one ages ago,

  • I think it was just a video on American English

  • versus British English, I'll put a card up here.

  • But, recently I was looking at the names of foods

  • that we commonly mispronounce.

  • That video will come out soon, if it's not already out.

  • Then, I started to think about the differences

  • between American food and British food,

  • and how we have different names for the same thing.

  • So, I thought I would go through

  • that list with you today.

  • Quickly, before we get started,

  • I'd just like to remind you

  • how useful Audible is.

  • You can click on the link below,

  • and get a 30 day free trial, that's a free audio book,

  • and it will seriously help you with your listening

  • and your speaking, because you can read an actual book,

  • and then you can listen to how the words are pronounced.

  • Reading is great, but it doesn't improve your pronunciation,

  • because English isn't a phonetic language.

  • So, if you team up reading with listening as well,

  • it will also improve your pronunciation,

  • because you can hear how the words are pronounced.

  • The link is in the description,

  • along with some audiobook recommendations

  • for English learners.

  • Right, let's get on with the lesson.

  • Okay, so I'm going to say the American word first,

  • and then I'm going to the say

  • the word that we use in British English.

  • So, number one.

  • In America, this would be cilantro.

  • cilantro.

  • Do I need to do an American accent, cilantro.

  • Dreadful I know, my American accent is so cringe worthy.

  • (chuckles)

  • Feel free to punch the screen.

  • In the UK, in British English, we call this coriander.

  • coriander.

  • So, if you're reading a British recipe book,

  • something by Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver,

  • and it says coriander, you know that that's cilantro.

  • Comment down below, do you love it do you hate it?

  • Because I love it, and my boyfriend hates it,

  • and it makes meal times so stressful.

  • The next one, I did mention this in the previous video,

  • but I think it's important because it's related to food.

  • It is cookies.

  • Cookies in American English.

  • In British English, we say biscuits,

  • which I understand is something that Americans,

  • it's a sort of thing you have with gravy?

  • Biscuits and gravy, am I right there?

  • Yeah, but for us, biscuits are cookies.

  • So, we always have tea and biscuits.

  • Tea and cookies.

  • Next, we have

  • eggplant.

  • eggplant.

  • So, the Americans call it eggplant,

  • and I found out recently why they it call it eggplant.

  • It's because, I think it's when the flowers,

  • or the fruit is growing, it does look like an egg.

  • But in British English, we tend to call it aubergine.

  • aubergine, which I think is a beautiful word.

  • I love any word with the,

  • sound in it, aubergine.

  • It's even sexier in Spanish though,

  • berenjenas.

  • (sighs) Berenjena, what a sexy plant, who would've thought.

  • aubergine.

  • On to another vegetable.

  • In America, they say zucchini.

  • In the UK, we say courgette.

  • It's another one of those sexy sounds.

  • courgette, both lovely words I think you'll agree.

  • Next.

  • In America, they're called shrimp.

  • But in England, we might use the word shrimp

  • for very small shrimp.

  • But, in general we will saw prawns.

  • prawns.

  • So, the big ones, we'll call them king prawns,

  • or tiger prawns, but the small ones

  • that Americans would refer to as shrimp,

  • we just call them prawns.

  • That's actually one of my favourite sandwich fillings.

  • Prawn mayo, prawn and mayonnaise.

  • The next one is

  • candy.

  • Now of course, we would understand

  • when you're talking about candy in America.

  • But in British English,

  • we tend to refer to candy

  • as sweets, or sweeties.

  • I think sweeties is a little bit more for children.

  • But sweets, and that normally refers to candy,

  • rather than putting the deserts as a whole.

  • If I said do you want a sweet?

  • I wouldn't be offering you desert,

  • I would be offering you candy.

  • another one which goes along the same lines,

  • in America they would refer to it as cotton candy.

  • In the UK, we call it candy floss.

  • Candy floss.

  • Which I actually prefer, because the thought

  • of putting cotton in my mouth,

  • it gives me the heebie-jeebies, it makes me feel weird.

  • Another vegetable, sort of salad this time,

  • in American English, it's arugula.

  • But in British English, we call it rocket.

  • A bit random.

  • The last two I have mentioned in a previous video.

  • The first of the two being fries,

  • in America it's fries, but we would call it chips.

  • Then in America, they would the word chips

  • for what we call crisps.

  • So they're all potatoes,

  • they're all different forms of fried potatoes.

  • But American fries is in McDonald's fries, we call chips,

  • and then what they refer to as chips, a hard potato snacks,

  • we call them crisps.

  • Crisps, which a lot of English learners

  • tend to struggle with,

  • the pronunciation of crisps.

  • I hear a lot of crips going on, but crisps.

  • Right, that's it for today's lesson,

  • I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you learnt something.

  • If you can think of any other food-related

  • American and English differences,

  • write it in the comments below.

  • I also want to know if you like coriander or not,

  • let's have a vote.

  • Comment below, and let me know, and share the knowledge.

  • Don't forget to check out Audible,

  • the link is in the description box,

  • along with my audiobook recommendations.

  • Don't forget to connect with me on all of my social media,

  • I've got my Facebook, I've got my Instagram,

  • and I've got my Twitter,

  • and I really recommend checking out my Instagram,

  • because I've got some really exciting give aways.

  • English related give aways,

  • world wide give aways coming very, very soon,

  • with some awesome companies.

  • We did a great book give away the other day,

  • we had some very happy winners,

  • so I really recommend looking at my Instagram.

  • That being said, I will see you soon

  • for another lesson.

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