American English versus British English

by on 18/01/12 at 8:06 am


If you are thinking: How to teach ESL students the difference between AE and BE.

If you are having trouble in teaching your students the difference between British and American English these might be useful:

1.  Use the following drop-down list to find the American English equivalent of these British Expressions. How do you say truck in British English?

American English British English what’s the word?

2. Show this video where Hugh Laurie paid a house call to Ellen, and they played an exciting game of American slang versus English slang.


Charlie has a go at speaking in his best American accent.


3. List of words words related to cars and driving, different when you cross the Atlantic. In the United States, it’s a trunk, while in Britain you will probably hear boot. Here are some variations:

American English British English
hood bonnet
fender wing
windshield windscreen
rearview mirror driving mirror
gearshift gear lever
turn signal/blinker indicator/winker
back-up lights reversing lights
license plate number plate
flat tire puncture
spare tire spare wheel
driver’s license driving license
gas petrol
truck lorry
rent a car hire a car
trip journey
traffic circle roundabout
detour deviation
parking lot car park
sidewalk pavement
intersection crossroads
pick someone up collect someone

American English versus British English related to cars and driving – PDF FREE DOWNLOAD

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4. Answer an On line quiz on the difference of American English and British English:

It’s hard to draw a precise line between AE and BE, but there are definitely cases where the vocabulary of the two languages diverges. For reasons of fair play the quiz tries to strike a balance between AE- and BE-centred questions .

Fun Trivia


5. Point Out that Spelling in American English and British English can be different too:

Go to this link to find a great explanation on words ending in -er/re, -yse/ -ise, -our/or, etc…

British x American

theater or theatre


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