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  • Hello, my name is Emilia.

  • Today we're going to look at the different types of English in the world.

  • You may think that they're all the same.

  • After all, it's the same language.

  • But actually, there are quite a few differences.

  • The most obvious one is pronunciation.

  • For example, can you tell where these characters are from?

  • The United States, Britain, or Australia.

  • Hi, how ya doing?

  • Hi, how are you?

  • Good day, how are you going?

  • It isn't just pronunciation that's different, it's also spelling.

  • British English sometimes uses extra letters.

  • Here are a few examples.

  • British: Favourite

  • U.S.: Favorite

  • British: colour

  • U.S.: color

  • Sometimes the British use different letter order, too.

  • British: centre

  • U.S.: center

  • But the major difference is vocabulary.

  • Sometimes, even though people from the United States, Britain, and Australia all speak English, they can still get very confused when talking to each other.

  • Because they use different word for the same thing.

  • Listen to these.

  • If you walk down the foot path, past the server, my units on the left.

  • If you walk down the pavement, past the petrol station, my flats on the left.

  • If you walk down the sidewalk, past the gas station, my apartments on the left.

  • You probably prefer one type of English to another, depending on what you have been taught or what you're used to listening to.

  • That's perfectly okay.

  • There's no right or wrong type of English.

  • One is not better than any other.

  • Next time you listen to telly, TV, or watching a film, movie, try to listen out for the different accents and the vocabulary they use to see if you can guess where the people come from.

  • As far as Cambridge English writing and speaking exams are concerned, you can use the standard English you prefer.

  • Cambridge English Exams are international, so it doesn't matter which English accent you have or what vocabulary you use.

  • Just remember to be consistent.

  • Stick to one type, and don't mix them up.

  • Good luck. Thanks for watching.

Hello, my name is Emilia.

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English Language Learning Tips - Varieties of English

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