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  • Hello! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish!

  • In this lesson, we're going to talk about

  • American English and British English.

  • Do you need to know the difference?

  • Which one is right?

  • Which one should you use?

  • And which one do I use?

  • These are all questions that I get asked

  • all the time by my students!

  • And in this video I'm going to answer them for you.

  • So the first question.

  • Do you need to know the difference

  • between American English and British English?

  • Well you need to know that there are differences.

  • There are a few different spelling rules, grammar rules

  • and of course there's different accents and vocabulary.

  • You need to know that there are those differences

  • but that doesn't necessarily mean that you need to

  • study and learn them.

  • The truth is that all English speakers understand

  • each other, despite the differences in their English.

  • We watch each other's movies,

  • we read each other's books, we work with each other,

  • we read each other's news.

  • So we're often exposed to the different

  • words and spellings that other English speakers use..

  • which brings me to the next question.

  • Should you care about the differences

  • between American English and British English?

  • Maybe.

  • It depends on why you're learning English.

  • You only need to care about the differences

  • if you're studying for an English exam,

  • you're applying for or attending an English university

  • or you're using English professionally for your job.

  • Usually in these situations,

  • you need to pay attention to the spelling

  • and the grammar rules because it can affect

  • your score

  • or even affect your reputation.

  • So if this sounds like you, then you

  • definitely do need to think about whether

  • British English or American English

  • is the right choice for you.

  • So which one is right?

  • Which one should you use?

  • Its a hard question for me to answer.

  • You need to think about you and your situation.

  • Are you living in an English-speaking country?

  • Then of course,

  • use the type of English that is used there.

  • But maybe you're planning to study

  • in an English-speaking country.

  • Which one?

  • If it's America, then you should be training

  • to learn American English.

  • But if not, then focus on British English

  • because most other English-speaking countries

  • use British English grammar and spelling standards.

  • Do you speak to a lot of clients or colleagues

  • who are from America or from the UK?

  • This can help you to decide whether you need to

  • study American English or British English.

  • You might think that one type of English is easier

  • than the other

  • and that can also tell you which one you should study.

  • You could choose any of these reasons

  • to help you decide which type of English to study.

  • It definitely makes sense to focus on lessons,

  • books and teachers that use one type of English.

  • It just makes it a little less confusing

  • while you're learning.

  • So focus on either British or American English

  • but remember that the other one exists.

  • You don't have to choose one and then

  • never, ever, ever use the other.

  • In fact, that's almost impossible!

  • And also one is not more important than the other.

  • But

  • for you, there is probably one that is more relevant

  • to your situation.

  • And that's the one that you should focus on

  • that you should study.

  • Another question that I often get asked is

  • "What type of English do I use?"

  • Well I'm Australian and here in Australia we follow

  • British English rules for spelling and grammar.

  • And that's actually true for most

  • English-speaking countries outside of America.

  • Of course, all English-speaking countries have

  • some unique vocabulary and slang

  • so there will be different words that you come across

  • that are used for the same thing.

  • Now if you want some examples of that

  • then check out this video right here.

  • Finally, it's important for you to know

  • that there are some native English speakers who get

  • very protective about their language and they will

  • argue about which way is right and which way is wrong.

  • But most of you,

  • you don't need to worry about this conversation

  • and these arguments and discussions about

  • whose English is better

  • or whose English is right or wrong.

  • What's important for you, is that you

  • keep building your English skills and

  • you practise communicating clearly and confidently.

  • Accept that there are different types of English

  • and that's no reason to get stressed or anxious.

  • It just is how it is.

  • The most important thing

  • is that you focus on communicating your ideas

  • and your feelings clearly in English.

  • But I do think that it's important to know what

  • the differences

  • between British and American English are

  • so that you know how to recognise them.

  • So in my next lesson,

  • I'll explain the main differences

  • with lots of examples

  • so make sure you subscribe

  • by clicking that button down there.

  • You'll find out as soon as that video is ready!

  • And in the meantime, you can check out these lessons,

  • right here,

  • where I'll be speaking with some other native speakers

  • with American and British accents.

  • So thanks for watching

  • and I will see you again next week.

  • Bye for now!

Hello! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish!

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