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The British people have a different  type of English language. In some ways it's the same as yours, but in  other ways it's quite strange. Learn here how to communicate with British people.


You may have heard some British  people talking in movies. The men are the posh baddies who often drink to much; the women are the posh ladies who live on their own and have too much money. You may not think so, but your Americans have got 100% right! We are like that!

We also spell a lot of words differently from the standard American English. Here are a  few examples:

Correct spelling

British spelling

 Why so different?



We like putting "u" in lots of our words



Your word was a bit too short for us. so we added an i



We love Greek, and have to spell all our words like they would



We're  new to metric measurements, and always get this wrong



We're  not used to working hard, so we can't spell it

Greetings  are often different to yours, too. Instead of saying "hi" when we meet, we will say something like "I say, old chap, it's awfully  kind of you to pop by". When we answer the telephone, we tend to say  things like "Hello, this is London 392. May we help you?".

You will find  British people very polite. Here are some of our quaint phrases; if you  learn them before visiting Britain, you will be able to understand us much better, and soon will be talking "like a native"!




Would  you like to join me?


I'm  so glad you've come to visit our country!


Please repeat that


Won't  you sit here a minute?

Most British people can understand American. If you find that we have trouble understanding you, shout a bit louder. Like all Europeans, we appreciate the extra effort, and will offer tea or a glass of warm beer to any American who is friendly enough  to help us with our language.

If you're really stuck with a British word, you might like to get hold of a copy of the "Oxford Dictionary". It's a version of your Webster's  dictionary, produced by the famous Oxford School in London, and deals with the British language in a lot of detail.

"jolly good!"

"you cad, you!" 

A lot of people in Britain are "anglo-centric". That means that they think that Britain invented the English language. Of course, they are wrong. Like all good films and music, it came from America!

The picture below shows the  evolution of the American language: