The global English of our times has all the benefits of the standardizing process we
have been describing. There is a recognized standard in Britain and America. There is also
anagreed, standardized vocabulary and spelling system. Or nearly. Global English speaks
with two voices: British and American. A student in, say, Japan or Saudi Arabia is
confronted with not oneversion, but two, a distinction recognized by the main language
schools, like Berlitz, who offer either British English or American English to their pupils.
The differences are essentially differences ofaccent, inflection, spelling and, above all,
vocabulary: apartment versus flat, buddy versus mate, candy versus sweets, diaper versus
nappy. There are so many different expressions that America’sAssociated Press and
Britain’s Reuters news agencies have to translate English into English. The Reuters office
in New York has a twelve-page list of common terms requiring translation and many arethe books that compile jokes about box, knock up and fag.
1. Answer the following questions using your own words. (2 points)
a. What is the greatest difference between British and AmericanEnglish?
the differences are of accent, inflection, spelling and, above all,
b. How many varieties of English do some school languages teach? Which ones?
the varieties of English areBritish English or American English
2. Are the following statements true or false? (2 p each) say why
a. Great Britain and America have different language standards. False
b. Americans do notunderstand some British expressions. _True
3. Find a word or phrase in the text which, in context, is similar in meaning to: (1p)
a. Words: __________terms__________
4. Choose a, b or c in each question below. Only one choice is correct. (2 points)
1. The standard in America
a. is different from the standard in Britain.
b. is the same as the standard in...
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