American and British English: What Are The Differences?

English learners are often confused about the difference between American and British English.

British vs. American English – Video

Vocabulary Differences (U.S. – U.K)

1. cookie – biscuit

2. cart – trolley

3. diaper – nappy

4. flashlight – torch

5. face – slappy ham

6. fries – chips

7. chips – crisps

8. airplane – aeroplane

9. apartment – flat

10. busy – engaged

11. cab – taxi

12. can – tin

13. candy – sweets

14. check – bill

15. doctor’s office – doctor’s surgery

16. eraser – rubber

17. fall – autumn

18. soccer – football

19. movie – film

20. mail – post

21. garbage – rubbish

22. zipper – zip

23. sneakers – trainers

24. cell phone – mobile phone

25. vacation – holiday

26. gas – petrol

27. restroom – toilet

28. math – maths

29. yard – garden

30. purse – handbag

31. trailer – caravan

American vs. British Vocabulary Differences

American and British English

Spelling Differences (U.S. – U.K)

1. center – centre

2. meter – metre

3. theater – theatre

4. check – cheque

5. checker – chequer

6. analyze – analyse

7. criticize – criticise

8. color – colour

9. favorite – favourite

10. honor – honour

11. dialog – dialogue

12. catalog– catalogue

13. defense – defence

14. license – licence

15. practise – practice

16. neighbor – neighbour

17. jewelry – jewellery

18.pajamas – pyjamas

19. whiskey – whisky

20. learned – learnt

21. fulfill – fulfil

22. dreamed – dreamt

23. mustache – moustache

American vs. British Spelling Differences

American and British English

Grammatical Differences (U.S. – U.K)

1. take a vacation – go on holiday

2. go downtown – visit a city centre

3. take a bath – have a bath

4. set the table – lay the table

5. raise a child – bring up a child

6. get a driver’s license – get a driving licence

7. I demanded that he apologize. – I demanded that he should apologise.

8. We insisted that something be done about the problem. – We insisted that something should be done about the problem.

10. You have? – Have you?

11. She isn’t? – Isn’t she?

12. in the hospital – in hospital

13. month/ day/ year – day/ month/ year

14. She has an interesting book. – She has got an interesting book.

15. Sam just went home. – Sam’s just gone home.

American vs. British Grammatical Differences

American and British English

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