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Video:Learn ESL: Spelling Differences in British and American English

with Heather Blanchard

There are a number of spelling differences in British and American English that ESL students should know. Here are some tips on common spelling differences in British and American English.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn ESL: Spelling Differences in British and American English

Hi, my name is Heather Blanchard. I'm an English teacher and I'm British. I'm here to talk about common tips on spelling differences between British and American English. There are several areas in which British and American spelling are different, and these are the main ones to be aware of.

Word Endings With Spelling Differences in British and American English

For example, words ending in "re", often end in "er" in American English. For example, center versus centre, fiber versus fibre, and theater versus theatre. Words ending in "our" in British English like: "colour, flavour, and humour," end in "or" in American English. Words ending in "ize" or "ise" such as: "apologise, organise, recognise" in British English, can be spelled with either "ize" or "ise." But, in American English they are always spelled with "ize."

More Word Endings With Spelling Differences in British and American English

Words ending in "yse" in British English such as: "analyse, breathalyse, paralyse" are always spelled "yze" in American English. Words ending in a vowel, plus "L," the British double the "L," The British double the "L" when adding endings that begin with a vowel. For example: travelled, travelling. In America, they don't double it.

Irregular Verb Spelling Differences in British and American English

Lastly, but not leastly, with irregular verbs there are two forms, past simple and the past participle. There are acceptable in both British English and American English. The irregular form is more common in British English. The American English is regular. For example, "I burnt the dinner" is British English, and "I burned the dinner" is American English. "I learnt my grammar" in British English is "I learned my grammar" in American English. Both spellings are noted in all dictionaries.

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