Travelling around the world you probably noticed a different range of English accents and similar words that don’t mean the same thing. Here is why: British, Americans and Australians are all speaking similar, but different English.
While the differences between British and American English are quite small, when you visit Australia you might be in for a big surprise. For example, a Barbie is usually perceived as a blonde girl or a plastic doll for children. In Australia, people refer to a BBQ as a “barbie”. So, if someone invites you for a barbie, you are in for a treat!
In the non-English countries, where English is the second language and it’s widely taught in school, it’s actually American English that is often spoken. Therefore, a lot of students have a big surprise when they are coming to the United Kingdom and discover they don’t actually speak British English.
The differences are not big and with a bit of attention and practice, you can easily master both versions of English before coming to Manchester!
In regards to clothes, below are a few which have a different name. Be aware than “panties” in British English actually means “underwear”.
At McDonald’s or KFC, you will be asking for chips and at the supermarket, you will be buying a bag of crisps. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it eventually!
We take football seriously here, so be sure to learn your words before you head out for a game.
You will notice many words that look similar but have only one or two letters different. It’s often the case with “o” and “ou” and with “er” and “re”.
P.S.: Have you already been accepted to an English School in the United Kingdom? Great, but where will you live? If you want a truly authentic experience, why don’t you live with a local family, who can show the way into the real British experience? We can connect you with locals and provide you with a unique homestay.
Here at Bunkout, we connect international students with local hosts. You’ll share a meal, learn customs, hear stories and enjoy traditions with the people that make the place what it is. If you want to live with a host and be part of an authentic British experience, you can contact us at 07908 708896 (if you are in the UK already) or write us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org