Miscellaneous Question For Non English Natives! Do You Prefer American Slang Or Brittish Slang?

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Dominick_Korshanyenko
Wednesday 01st of August 2007 07:57:54 PM
Question for non English natives!: Everyone knows that Americans think that Brittish people speak strangely and that British people think Americans speak strangely but for non English speakers please decide which one of each of the following is your favorite.

(American/British)

color/colour
gray/grey
baby carriage/perambulator (pram)
Cool!/Jolly good!
Crazy/All sixes and sevens
Hey/Oi
Kiss/Snog
to lie/to speak pork pies and a bag of tripe
Y'all/ You all

There are others vote on these and if you can think of others go ahead and put them below.


Branco
Wednesday 01st of August 2007 08:40:52 PM
For me, a Dutch person growing up with American tv shows but also access to BBC1 and BBC2 I must say that I find British English to sound a bit weird and American English normal.

Some more differences:
American/British
freeway/motorway
first floor/ground floor
band-aid/plaster
zip-code/post code
gas/petrol
vacuum cleaner/hoover
flashlight/torch


BCS
Thursday 02nd of August 2007 01:16:49 AM
As an American native looking from the outside, I would have to say that although English is just weird in general, Americans tend to simplify words while Brits draw them out into akward sentences


Dominick_Korshanyenko
Thursday 02nd of August 2007 01:48:21 AM
:ha wow BCS True True


_ie
Thursday 02nd of August 2007 05:13:00 AM
*prefers British English. It sounds somewhat royal or like at the time of King Arthur and knights. Just an opinion.


Tiger
Saturday 11th of August 2007 09:56:13 AM
lol :D


kate636363
Friday 07th of September 2007 05:56:35 AM
Royal haha :D


kea
Tuesday 11th of September 2007 09:28:30 PM
I like Brittish English more but what I like more about the Americans is that they dont't get upset if I use some very Brittish words while talking to an American. With Brittish it has happened to me often that they seem to be offended when I use an American word :( But the thing is that I am not a native speaker and most of the time I have no idea what is Brittish and what is American


kate636363
Tuesday 11th of September 2007 10:21:28 PM
correction = British :D


Anonymous
Wednesday 12th of September 2007 05:38:40 PM
I'm pretty much attracted to British English, it's kinda cute. American English gets really trashy at times.

What other choices do I have?


hamid18
Wednesday 12th of September 2007 10:07:46 PM
As an American I can't exactly say that we don't say strange things, but I can't say Brits don't say strange things. I'm used to British accents (yes there are about 6 or 7 in England, alone lol) as I grew up talking a bit like one (and eventually dropped the accent because people used to tease me about it alot). Occasionally I end up speaking like it if I get annoyed with something or if I don't feel like speaking like an American LOL

Here's another word for the vocabulary list:
Snobbit...that could mean "broke" or "dead" depending on where you use it in England.

What I don't understand is why there is always a comparison between British English and American English. Why does nobody compare English spoken in places like India, Liberia, South Africa, or Australia? lol

BTW Dominick, did you get those phrases from Austin Powers? lol


Mecikoch
Thursday 13th of September 2007 02:40:57 AM
I rather the British accent than the American one, I think American English sounds awful! And in Britain, I really like the Scottish accent... Aye.


Originally posted by hamid18


Why does nobody compare English spoken in places like India, Liberia, South Africa, or Australia? lol

True. I don't know about the others, but Aussies sound so funny.


Dominick_Korshanyenko
Thursday 13th of September 2007 08:41:14 AM
@ Mecikoch American English does not sound awful!
@ hamid Maybe one or two :ha

As for why I don't compare it to other countries because I'm American. Australians do talk funny. But true more countries than America and England speak English but I was just wondering because most of the people on Phrasebase that have learned English learned it the British way. I was just wondering though if people liked American English or Brittish English better.


Dominick_Korshanyenko
Thursday 13th of September 2007 08:43:02 AM
By the way Mecikoch Brazilian Portuguese sounds awful compared to Portuguese Potuguese!


hamid18
Thursday 13th of September 2007 10:13:20 PM
Originally posted by Dominick_Korshanyenko


@ Mecikoch American English does not sound awful!
@ hamid Maybe one or two :ha

As for why I don't compare it to other countries because I'm American. Australians do talk funny. But true more countries than America and England speak English but I was just wondering because most of the people on Phrasebase that have learned English learned it the British way. I was just wondering though if people liked American English or Brittish English better.Not American English exactly...but some slang is horrible to hear (just as it can be horrible to hear in some parts of England). I sometimes have a hard time understanding people from "Basten"


Mecikoch
Thursday 13th of September 2007 11:48:44 PM
Originally posted by Dominick_Korshanyenko


By the way Mecikoch Brazilian Portuguese sounds awful compared to Portuguese Potuguese!

I totally agree with you. (Although, in music/singing, Brazilian Portuguese sounds a lot better... to me.) But you have to consider that here we have lots of REALLY different accents. If you travel around Brazil, you feel like you're visiting 3 or 4 different countries.

And to me, American English does sound awful. What really sounds funny is "Portuguese Portuguese" :D


Dominick_Korshanyenko
Friday 14th of September 2007 01:50:33 AM
@ hamid I'm pretty sure that Boston accents originated because of the original Bostonians hate of the British. The people of Boston in the 1770's hated Britain with a passion and decided that they would try to speak completely different from them and eventually the accent stuck. At least I heard that somewhere.

@ Mecikoch yes Portuguse Portuguse sounds funny too. And you have every right to think that American English sounds awful but it makes me wonder have you actually heard all the different ways Americans speak? There are at least 7 that I can think of. America's so big that we more closely relate to people in our own state than to the country as a whole. So my advice to you (more of a challenge) is to listen to every type of American accent that there is and THEN decide wether or not you think it sounds awful. You have not for instance heard me speak English.


Mecikoch
Monday 17th of September 2007 10:40:44 AM
Originally posted by Dominick_Korshanyenko
America's so big that we more closely relate to people in our own state than to the country as a whole.
Same here! To someone born in Rio Grande do Sul, for example, he is before everything gaúcho, and then Brazilian.

Originally posted by Dominick_Korshanyenko
have you actually heard all the different ways Americans speak?
No, and I believe you didn't heard every Brazilian and Portuguese accent.
I don't like generalizing but sometimes you just have to.

The accent differences here can be so extreme the letter s is pronounced either like the German sch or a normal s, depending on the region and circumstance.


Janis1
Tuesday 18th of September 2007 03:24:30 AM
Can we say 50/50 ! ;)

I learnt British English at school and I'm not clear sometimes for Americans :) (another thing : I'm not fluent) :D
A lot of French people think that British sounds more precious than American, and I'm ok with this. :)
But like a lot of europeans I'm watching American films, so I like American also.

I think like ie or kea too. :ha


Dominick_Korshanyenko
Saturday 22nd of September 2007 11:16:52 PM
I agree with your 50/50 Janis I may be American but I also like how the English speak. And believe me you do not want to hear my French accent. :ha




Janis1
Monday 24th of September 2007 12:03:03 AM
@Dominick_Korshanyenko : Don't worry with your French accent. Many French people find it cute foreigners talk with an accent :) We're not laughing at them.
Thanks for being agree with me ;)


Dominick_Korshanyenko
Monday 24th of September 2007 04:25:59 AM
Originally posted by Janis1


@Dominick_Korshanyenko : Don't worry with your French accent. Many French people find it cute foreigners talk with an accent :) We're not laughing at them.
Thanks for agreeing with me ;)

Just one of your rare mistakes :)


Janis1
Friday 18th of January 2008 01:24:25 AM
Originally posted by Dominick_KorshanyenkoOriginally posted by Janis1


@Dominick_Korshanyenko : Don't worry with your French accent. Many French people find it cute foreigners talk with an accent :) We're not laughing at them.
Thanks for agreeing with me ;)

Just one of your rare mistakes :)

I didn't see your message before. But I'm doing a lot of mistakes :ha


Marta
Monday 21st of January 2008 04:47:55 AM
I prefer American English even though they taught me British version at school. My choice is probably due to the fact I prefer USA to UK :) And I think Am. is easier to pronounce for many people.


mayor
Friday 25th of January 2008 07:03:16 PM
Britsh accent an humor if it has to be a choice of the two.We have been bombarded with American TV shows down here,so over the accent.Australians i think can relate to the poms (english) Humor easly after all they sent us to Steak an Kidney (Sydney) a Couple of 100 years ago for being bad boys.


osmansafa
Saturday 02nd of February 2008 04:54:09 PM
i prefer American one since i am used to it watching american tv series listening to american music but the one spoken in boston and the one spoken in houston is really different (i like the southern accent) and by the way ireland english sounds nice too although i dont understand much


Dosmaritos
Saturday 02nd of February 2008 06:49:17 PM
I prefer Ebonics. I like all urban. And yes, I like as American language, so English one. I like all languages. They are actually not weird. Not even funny at that point.


Avaldi
Wednesday 13th of February 2008 04:50:10 AM

I can't understand a word in an American conversation! It sounds like if they were eating and speaking same time! :p

I think British English is easier, because they taught us in British accent at school. Every conversation we listen, everytime the teacher speaks, it's in British.


Tiger
Wednesday 13th of February 2008 06:33:26 AM
Wow... That's too bad. In my foreign language classes, we listen to speakers from many different parts of the world. Not just one. ;)

The British speak as though they've got a bit of a whistle in their throat. :p

Tiger


Avaldi
Thursday 14th of February 2008 01:19:37 AM
Wow... That's too bad. In my foreign language classes, we listen to speakers from many different parts of the world. Not just one.

That's very good, because most of the people speak different between one country and another. So they should teach us different dialects, and English/Spanish won't be so difficult to understand.


Dominick_Korshanyenko
Thursday 14th of February 2008 04:32:50 AM
Tiger's right in my Spanish class we've listened to native speakers from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, Spain, and Mexico. They all sound the same really except for Spain spanish. :p


Avaldi
Thursday 14th of February 2008 05:14:25 AM
Originally posted by Dominick_KorshanyenkoTiger's right in my Spanish class we've listened to native speakers from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, Spain, and Mexico. They all sound the same really except for Spain spanish. :p

Well, dialects in Spanish aren't very different. I think an Australian and a British speak more different than a Spaniard and a Mexican. Of course, you can see someone is not Spanish because of the dialect, but almost anything changes. :) Southern Spanish dialect is very similar to American one, but Northern Spanish dialect is the most common on TV and radio. Just in the North we pronunciate the "s" and "c" in the end and middle and in the South they don't*. I find the Southern dialect better than mine... My family (father's one) speak in Southern dialect and I find it cooler! (melodyc)

* For example: cerezas [cherries] is pronunciate as "seresah" in the South and as "zerezas" in the North. Then in the South they use the expression "¡Ea!" a lot, and we use more "¡Ole!" (for "cool" or "nice")


Tiger
Thursday 14th of February 2008 09:43:02 AM
Yeah Kenny. They don't really sound different, do they? :p

But in my German class, when we listen to the differences between Austrian, High, Low, and Swiss German, they are even more differences there than in English, making it quite difficult to understand at times, but, that's what school's for, ay? :p

Tiger


Osman
Thursday 28th of February 2008 04:44:49 AM
Not a big deal for me. I guess I speak in both American and British way. I don't like pronouncing 'bath' or 'path' or 'cant' in British accent. It is also sometimes hard to understand some Americans flapping the double letters like 'letter' (sounds ladder when pronounced). I know that i pronounce 'direction' or 'advertisement' in both accents. I don't think it matters. But still, I fall in love with British people who speak English like those on BBC :) If i was supposed to talk to local people, I would prefer Americans, i guess. Except Cockney, British English seems quite hard to understand. Maybe it's because I am not used to British accent. For me, I am happy for this diversity. It's awesome to hear different dialects, accents etc. That's the richness!

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