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  Reference.com/Encyclopedia/British English
British English (BrE, BE, en-GB) is the broad term used to distinguish the forms of the English language used in the United Kingdom from forms used elsewhere in the Anglophone world.
The widespread use of English worldwide is largely attributable to the power of the former British Empire, and this is reflected in the continued use of the language in both its successor (the Commonwealth of Nations) and many other countries.
The major divisions are normally classified as English English (or English as spoken in England, which comprises Southern English dialects, Midlands English dialects and Northern English dialects), Welsh English, Scottish English and the closely related dialects of the Scots language.
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  British English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
British English (BrE) is a term used to differentiate between the form of the English language used in the British Isles and those used elsewhere.
Although British English is often used to denote the English spelling and lexicon used outside the U.S., this usage is not completely accurate, as almost all British spelling rules and the vast majority of British vocabulary are actually shared among the whole English-speaking world outside the U.S. (except Canada as far as lexicon is concerned).
Historically, the widespread usage of English across the world is attributed to the former power of the British Empire, and hence the most common form of English used by the British ruling class that of south-east England (the area around the capital, London, and the ancient English university towns of Oxford and Cambridge).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_English   (662 words)

 British English - Simple English Wikipedia
British English is the original version of the English language which is used in the United Kingdom and some other countries.
British English is a redundant expression because the English language comes from England, which is a part of Britain.
In British English, "dock" refers to the water in the space between two "piers" or "wharfs".
simple.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_English   (230 words)

 United Kingdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
English law which applies in England and Wales; and Northern Ireland law which applies in Northern Ireland, are based on common law principles.
In Scotland, the chief courts are the Court of Session for civil cases and the High Court of Justiciary for criminal cases, while the sheriff court is the Scottish equivalent of the county court.
The British monarch is required to be a member of the Church of England under the Act of Settlement 1701 and is the Supreme Governor.
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 American English
British usage is "meter" for a measuring device and "metre" for the unit of length.
British houses simply do not have such things, the nearest equivalents are "patio" meaning an unroofed area adjacent to a building paved with slabs, "verandah" a covered and glassed walkway along the side of a building and "conservatory" a room-like extension entirely walled and roofed in glass.
British houses are usually numbered serially starting from one end of a road or street with even numbers on one side and odd numbers on the other side, however it is not uncommon to find them numbered sequentially up one side of the road and down the other.
www.scit.wlv.ac.uk /~jphb/american.html   (12175 words)

 Spelling differences between British and American English
In British English, words that end in -l preceded by a vowel usually double the -l when a suffix is added, while in American English the letter is not doubled.
For example, both American and British English would use the word 'worked' for the past form of 'to work', and in American English it is common to hear the word 'knelt' as the past tense of 'to kneel'.
For spoken English, the differences are barely audible, so forge ahead and don't be too concerned with whether a word is spelled 'dwelled' or 'dwelt'.
www.gsu.edu /~wwwesl/egw/jones/differences.htm   (339 words)

 American vs. British English
Earlier still, the British Isles themselves had been subject to invasion by Vikings and Normans/ But, as soon as the English experienced their first taste of relative freedom from foreign dominance, British English underwent a growth surge, most notably perhaps in the period immediately preceding the colonisation of America,.
The English Renaissance, Shakespeare, and the publication of the King James Bible particularly assisted the expansion and lent prestige to the language.
It is true that the use of English predates the European settlement of America, but it has gained impetus concurrently with the rise of the United States to international status, as well as with the rise of the United Kingdom to that same status.
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English is descended from the language spoken in the English Isles by the Germanic tribes, the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, who came to the British Isles around 450 AD and drove the original Celtic-speaking inhabitants to areas that are
English is now the most widely studied second language in the world because a working knowledge of English is required in many fields and occupations as well as for international communication.
English spread from Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries to North America, the Caribbean, and northern Ireland; and in the 18th and 19th centuries to South Asia and Africa.
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 American and British English differences at AllExperts
British English has a reasonable degree of uniformity in its formal written form, which, as taught in schools, is largely the same as in the rest of the English-speaking world (except North America).
The form of the English used in much of the rest of the world has remained closer to British English and has been referred to collectively as Commonwealth English, because it is the first or second language of many – if not most – member countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.
This divergence between American English and British English once caused George Bernard Shaw to say that the United States and United Kingdom are "two countries divided by a common language"; a similar comment is ascribed to Winston Churchill.
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 ..:: American Pie ::.. American versus British English   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The British are far more aware of the difference than their American counterparts thanks to the influence of the movies, and the arrival of the GIs during World War II.
There are other versions of English, of course, it would be surprising if a language that is the mother-tongue of a significant proportion of the world's population from Birmingham, Alabama, USA to Birmingham, West Midlands, UK from Alaska to Zambia and not forgetting the Antipodes, did not have regional differences.
British English is more concise, even terse, and makes frequent use of semi-colons and colons, though not to the extent to which they are used in German and the Romance languages.
www.americanization.com /english.htm   (1658 words)

 United Kingdom English for the American Novice
English words often have several meanings and only those which differ (from American) are listed here.
English pronunciation of these words is often similar to the American version.
English readers will find there is a definite tilt towards "southern English" in the dictionary.
www.hps.com /~tpg/ukdict   (414 words)

 British English at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
British English refers to the different forms of English spoken in the British Isles.
There is also Hiberno-English (English as spoken in Ireland) and the form of English used in Wales, as well as Ulster Scots (a variety of Scots spoken in Ulster).
American English, Canadian English, Australian English, New Zealand English, Caribbean English, Indian English, and Pidgin English are among the many newer English dialects that have emerged since the period of emigration from the British Isles during the expansion of the British Empire.
www.wiki.tatet.com /British_English.html   (692 words)

 eduPASS | English as a 2nd Language | British English and American English
British English and American English have significantly different vocabulary and usage.
For example, in American English the phrase "pass out" means to distribute or to lose consciousness, not the British English meaning of to graduate.
American English is an evolving language, not carved in stone.
www.edupass.org /english/british.phtml   (312 words)

 Language Doctor, Skills - English - The British Council Sri Lanka   (Site not responding. Last check: )
But in Sri Lanka, if 4 pm is the norm in standard Sri Lankan English (and our resident consultant is uncertain, seeing confusion between English 'evening' and Sinhala 'havasa' as perhaps being the issue) the questioner would risk causing confusion if he or she used the British norm.
English is a mixture of several traditions, including Anglo-Saxon, French, Latin and Greek, and although one of the strengths of English is its rich and vast vocabulary, this comes with a seemingly crazy spelling system!
This explains the many 'silent' letters in English and the fact that the word 'name' has an 'a' in it because it was originally pronounced with an /a:/ sound (as in car) - more logically, it would be spelt 'naym', like 'day' and 'stay'.
www.britishcouncil.lk /english/lcdoctor/Languagedoctor4.htm   (3207 words)

 British English
The size of the British Isles often leads people to assume that the language spoken in its countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland is somewhat homogeneous and first time visitors are often surprised to find that they have difficulty in understanding the accents and dialects of certain regions.
Trudgill (1999) believes that for the majority of English people "where they are from" is very important to them.
Most speakers of British English would recognize these labels and create a fairly accurate image of the sound of these far ends of the spectrum.
www.ic.arizona.edu /~lsp/BritishEnglish.html   (1008 words)

 American & British English
Speakers of American English say that the students in a course are there to learn.
Speakers of British English say that the students on a course are there to learn.
Speakers of British English are really sorry to hear that you think this newsletter is boring.
www.wordsculpture.se /english_corner/am_br.shtml   (71 words)

 Wayne Magnuson English Idioms English Slang American English British English English Sayings English Phrases Dictionary ...
Wayne Magnuson English Idioms English Slang American English British English English Sayings English Phrases Dictionary of idioms slangs sayings
Look for idioms related to a specific topic
www.idioms.myjewelz.com   (138 words)

 Dictionary of English slang and colloquialisms of the UK
Dictionary of English slang and colloquialisms of the UK English slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom
If you are unable to immediately find the term you are looking for, try the slang search.
Reproduction of the dictionary, text and graphics, in whole or part form, is expressly forbidden without prior permission
www.peevish.co.uk /slang   (262 words)

 Language Reference Guide For British English
Ordinary English grammar normally calls for the omission of certain elements, especially when they might otherwise be repeated from a previous occurrence in the same sentence.
The extent to which English allows words to be omitted in these ways is determined by what can reasonably be supplied by the hearer or reader from the rest of the sentence, without causing ambiguity or confusion.
The spectacular advance of English across the face of the globe is a phenomenon without parallel in the history of language.
www.translationdirectory.com /article663.htm   (4309 words)

 The British in Florida. The Lounge
British manoeuver seems to be a special case: its "oe" was not derived from Greek, but was apparently changed to maneuver in American English on the mistaken belief that it was.
British English generally doubles final "l" when adding postfixes that begin with a vowel, where Amercian English doubles it only on stressed syllables.
British speakers may recognize cowboys but perhaps not vaqueros (not to be confused with huevos rancheros).
www.sunnybrits.com /british/lounge/language.htm   (900 words)

 Comments on 5393 | Ask MetaFilter   (Site not responding. Last check: )
I don't have any trouble reading or understanding British English and I feel that if that's the way it was originally written, it should stay that way unless it's completely unintelligible.
Reading good prose or even commentary (like on Libertarian Samizdata) with a British flavour is a joy, and while it's not distracting, per se, I usually "notice" that it's "different", but I don't believe that it takes anything away.
British spellings like "colour" are pronounced in my mind's ear differently from their American equivalent.
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 AskOxford: Types of World English
English is the first language of only about 10 per cent of the population, but the second language of many others.
The role of English within the complex multilingual society of India is far from straightforward: together with Hindi it is used across the country, but it can also be a speaker's first, second, or third language, and its features may depend heavily on their ethnicity and caste.
Standard British English has traditionally been the linguistic model for the Commonwealth Caribbean, although recently the import of US television, radio, and tourism has made American English an equally powerful influence.
www.askoxford.com /globalenglish/types/?view=uk   (659 words)

 Dictionary of British Words in the "Harry Potter" Books
Harry Potter was written in English, but in what is known as "British" or "International" English, as opposed to the American English spoken in the United States.
Changes in the British editions for the American market were for (1) unfamiliar British English words that would confuse Yank readers (jumper became sweater; gormless became clueless); (2) English spellings (colour to color); (3) English usage (whilst to while; period added to titles such as "Mr" to become "Mr.").
A dickey bird is a type of small bird; one English dictionary indicated it was the hedge sparrow.
www.angelfire.com /mi3/cookarama/britwords.html   (1009 words)

 BBC | British Council teaching English - Pronunciation - Global English and pronunciation   (Site not responding. Last check: )
English is no longer spoken only by its native speakers in the UK, North America, Australia and New Zealand, and by those who learn English in order to communicate with native speakers.
This last use of English is often referred to as 'English as an International Language' or EIL, and it is this kind of English which we will focus on here as it is the largest group of English speakers, numbering around 1.5 billion.
That is, when students are learning English so that they can use it in international contexts with other non-native speakers from different first languages, they should be given the choice of acquiring a pronunciation that is more relevant to EIL intelligibility than traditional pronunciation syllabuses offer.
www.teachingenglish.org.uk /think/pron/global_english.shtml   (1024 words)

 If you want to speak pure American, you must study British. | Antimoon Forum
These two phrases suggest that the learner is conscious of the input, is aware of whether British or American is being spoken to him, and that he can decide to shut off the input and prevent it from entering his head.
The learner recognizes that her speaker is British and so she uses her free will to tell her mind not to absorb this speaker's input.
Michal said you need to study British pronunciation even if all you care about is American pronunciation, so that you can more easily convert words pronounced by Britons to their American versions.
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 Encyclopedia article on British English [EncycloZine]   (Site not responding. Last check: )
en-GB according to RFC 3066">RFC 3066) is a collective term for the forms of English spoken in the British Isles.
The -ise forms are now generally used by the British government, within the European Union, by Cambridge University publications, and mostly taught in the British school system.
The -ize forms were introduced by Noah Webster in the USA in his American Spelling Book and subsequent dictionary.
encyclozine.com /British_English   (1188 words)

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