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This post was edited by MichaelM at 2014-4-26 08:29|
3. It is quite common for Americans to say 'Sorry' as a way of apologizing. I use it whenever I make a mistake or do something that requires an apology.
Brit. English calls the back storage compartment of a car a 'boot'. US English calls it a 'trunk.'
Brit. English calls a home in a multi-unit building a 'flat'. US English calls it an 'apartment.'
In US English, a 'flat' is tire of a car, bicycle, motorcycle, etc., that has no air in it. "The tire on the car is flat."
Brit. English calls a large vehicle built to transport things a 'lorrie'. U.S. English calls it a 'truck'.
Brit. English calls a metal used for building airplanes and such, 'aluminium'. U.S. English calls it 'aluminum.'
Brit. English calls a notice for a business that is publicly announcing things they offer, an 'ad-VER-tise-ment'. US English calls it an 'ad-ver-TISE-ment.'
Brit. Eng calls a toilet a 'W.C' (represents a very old reference to 'water closet'). US English calls it a 'batthroom', 'restroom' or a 'toilet.'
Brit. English uses a slang term for a man, a 'bloke'. US English uses 'a man' or 'a guy.'
Brit. English will refer to a friend as 'mate'. In the US, a 'mate' is the person that you're married to. US English simply uses 'friend.'
Oh, one more. What the Brits call a 'lift', US speakers call an 'elevator.'
Something else to note here that might be interest: When listening to a Brit. English speaker vs. a US English speaker, British often like to shorten the 'A' sound. Sounds like 'ah'. For example in the 'car.' When they speak, it will sound more like 'cah' without much emphasis on the 'R' sound. US speakers will say the 'R' sound clearly.
Also, Brit English speakers will often put an 'R' sound at the end of words that end with the letter 'A'. For example, when they say the word 'area', it sounds more they are saying 'arear'. US speakers won't do this.
Many Chinese people have trouble with the 'th' sound in English. It requires you to put your tongue slightly out of your mouth, beyond your front teeth. I've heard speakers from Ireland (near the U.K.) simply make this sound as a 'T' sound. US speakers will likely say it more as the Greek theta by putting their tongue beyond their teeth as described above.