Most of the differences between the English of the UK and the English of North America are vocabulary differences and differences in pronunciation and spelling. However, there are some differences in the way grammar is used. There are fewer differences in writing than in speaking. Grammar is always changing, and many new ways of using grammar in BrE come from AmE, because of the influence of American popular culture, American media and the Internet.
You can find out more about these differences below:
Prepositions are short words (on, in, to) that usually stand in front of nouns (sometimes also in front of gerund verbs). Even advanced learners of English find prepositions difficult, as a 1:1 translation is usually not possible. One preposition in your native language might have several translations depending on the situation. There are hardly any rules as to when to use which preposition. The only way to learn prepositions is looking them up in a dictionary, reading a lot in English and learning useful phrases off by heart.
Please find below a brillant infographic with the 28 most common words that are just too boring to use and all the alternatives you can use instead. Those word alternatives will make your speech way more varied and exciting. We’re not saying that you should get rid of those boring words altogether. But changing things up a little bit will make a big difference.
All you need is just a little bit of attention and patience. After some time, you won’t even notice that you’ve upgraded your active vocabulary.
A “false friend” is a word in one language that sounds similar to a word in another language but that means something different. For example, a common error Spanish speakers make is to use the English word “sensible” when they actually mean “sensitive”. This is because “sensitive” translates to the Spanish word “sensible”. If you are a Spanish speaker, you have probably been in similar situations before. Watch this lesson to learn about Spanish false friends and how to correct them to say what you really mean. Avoid embarrassing moments before they happen to you!
At inlingua, we think that the internet is a great place to practise your English and learn new things. As you all know, we love vloggers and we are trying to promote our favourite local vloggers.
Today we wanted to highlight, Gavin Bell, a 22 year old multi-award winning entrepreneur & vlogger based in Edinburgh. He grew up in the Shetland Islands – the very north of Scotland. He is the founder of Blue Cliff Media , a digital marketing agency. He is an expert on Facebook advertising. For a couple of months, he has been sharing his life of the world of entrepreneurship with a weekly vlog, The Journey.
For those who are learning/practising English don’t forget to turn on the subtitles! 🙂
Exploring the Shetland Islands with Gavin:
By the way, he is a bit crazy and as you know we love crazy people!
It’s useful to learn about the different measurement systems, and interesting to find out how they came to be used. In the UK, we use a combination of imperial and metric measurements. In this lesson, Gill from engvid.com will explain the British measurements we use for height, weight, distance, and temperature.