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hello to everybody,
I am going to perform the lesson to 12-year-olds elementary the topic is Am E and Br E, differences if anyone has ideas i'll be very gratefull

Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:12 pm

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In British English, we say dates like this:

"March the third"


"the third of March"

In American English is it "March third", and are there other ways to say it as well?


Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:51 pm
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I hope this helps...

British Grammar / American English

Have you got a problem? / Do you have a problem?
Hello, is that Herald? / Hello, is this Harold?
He looked at me really strangely. / He looked at me real strange.
Flat / apartment
Tin / can
Sweets / candy
Biscuit / cookie
Maize / corn
Lift / elevator
Autumn / fall
Ground floor / first floor
First floor / second floor
Chips / French fries
Rubbish / garbage/trash
Petrol / gas(oline)
Crossroads / intersection
Post / mail
Film / movie
Single (ticket) / one-way
Trousers / pants
Crisps / potato chips
Railway / railroad
Return (ticket) / round-trip
Road surface / pavement
Pavement / sidewalk
Shop / store
Underground / subway
Lorry / truck
Zip / zipper
Fill in a form / fill in/out a form
Analyse / analyze
Catalogue / catalog
Centre / center
Cheque / check
Color / colour
Defence / defense
Honour / honor
Jewellery / jewelry
Labour / labor
Pyjamas / pajamas
Practise / practice
Programme / program
Theatre / theater
Tyre / tire

'Sharing a little, gaining a lot'

Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:17 pm

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after making a bunch of flashcards and introducing the American/ British way of saying them, I have them play 'guessing game' in teams. One picks up a card and give hints like: "It's like a train.." They guess the answer and say, "It's an underground!", (they get 2 pts), "It's a subway!" (they get 1 pt.) You could also do "pictionary" if they are too young for that. One student from each team picks up a card, goes up to the board and draw a picture, the others guess in both American and British English. Leave the pictures on the board till the end of the game, and check all the words.. it's funny to see all the pictures. :wink:

example vocabulary:
chips/ french flies
crisps/ chips
movie / film
flat/ apartment
elevator/ lift

Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:30 pm
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I am not sure 12 year olds need to know all this?

why not keep things simple at low levels?

Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:48 am

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Kiwione wrote:
I am not sure 12 year olds need to know all this?

why not keep things simple at low levels?

I with you on this one. I'm not sure young students need to know all these differences either versus teach both of differences when they are taught in a lesson.

'Sharing a little, gaining a lot'

Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:25 pm

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Honestly, when teaching English as a second language, I don't think the students need to worry with any of the differences in American/British English until upper intermediate or advanced levels.

Mister Young's English Class
Minas Gerais, Brasil

Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:48 pm
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Young people may only need to know the difference if they are heading to those places and they want to avoid tricky situations.

It is good to teach about diversity however and this would be a good angle to take. You could also relate it to local dialects in their country to make the point.

Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:57 pm

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Fun website all about British and American English, with all the slang:

Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:27 am
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