Hello, everybody! I am Georgiana your English teacher and founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help you to speak English fluently.
We all know that American and British English sound different most of the time. But did you know there is also a difference in vocabulary? That’s right. There are spelling, vocabulary, and even specific grammar differences between the two.
Last week we started with a series of vocabulary differences between American and British English. Today we will continue this series, if you didn't listen to last week's episode, you might want to do so right now. Just go speakenglishpodcast.com and select episode #093.
And with a point of view story, you’re gonna compare the different grammar points. It’s the perfect way to learn grammar and new vocabulary without memorizing.
Ok! Let’s start!
I’m going to tell you a word in American English, and I’ll ask you to guess what would be the equivalent word in British English.
1)TruckIn American English with use the word truck when we refer to a large, heavy road vehicle used for carrying goods, materials, or troops.
Can you guess the equivalent in British?
Yes! In the United Kingdom, people use the word lorry.
American-truck British- lorry
2)After washing the dishes, we use a dish towel to dry the dishes.
Can you guess which word is used in British English?
That’s right. People call it "tea towel" or "tea cloth" in the UK.
American-dish towel British- tea towel or tea cloth
3) In the States, people live in an apartment.
Do you know the word in British English?
Yes. That’s right. In British, they use the word flat.
American-apartment British- flat
4) I live on the first floor, and my neighbor on the second floor.
Not really. Let me explain why.
The equivalent in British for the "first floor" would be the "ground floor." The second floor in British..