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British and American English
English – the language of William Shakespeare. It is the language of beautiful songs and the language of international communication. English language is poly national. British English put the beginning to American English, and than to Australian and South African variants. And now, in the XXI century we have dealings with Nigerian, Indian and Singaporean variants.
Modern British English dissimilar from classic English. There are three types of language into British English: Conservative – the language of royal family and Parliament Received pronunciation (RP) – the language of Mass Media or BBC English Advanced – the language of youth Advanced English subjects to general tendency towards simplification of the language more than others.
Irish, Australian and Newzealandian variants of English are nearer to the classic English. Because of geographic isolation these countries haven’t experienced the influence of other languages and culture.
But America has created practically a new language: the modifications have concerned not only phonetic and vocabulary, but grammar. That’s why there is the discussion about two variants of English- British and American.
Instead of Present Perfect they use Past Simple «– Did you go see “Read heat” with Arnold? (Have you seen) – Shall – will – gonna.» Irregular verbs(example to burn, to spoil) are regular Using articles to/in hospital – to /in the hospital. Using prepositions at the weekend – on the weekend in a street – on a street
Steady statements receive the modification have a shower/a bath – take a shower/a bath Adjectives slow and real are used as adverbs he likes to drive slow(slowly) she is real nice(really)
In vocabulary car/automobile railway/railroad British English American English Subway - подземный переход метро Pavement - мостовая тротуар
Numerals British English one hundred and sixty two, two thousand and three For number of home(bus): 272 – two seven two American English one hundred sixty two, two thousands three 272- two seventy two
Dates Christmas Day, 2012: British English 25|12|12 or 25.12.12 “a week today”, “a week tomorrow” , “a week on Thursday” American English 12|25|12 “a week from today”, “a week from tomorrow”
British English is more complete and rich, scrupulous and difficalt in grammar. American English is derivative from many languages on the base of English. British English is more conservative. American English is more flexible, open to modifications and easy for reproduction. So, we find out, that the differences in American and British English are existed and their number have been increasing.
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