Differences between American & British English

David Bosch   Friday, June 13, 2003, 01:30 GMT
It was more like 'shite'
Leshachikha   Friday, June 13, 2003, 03:00 GMT
*hops in* Hello everyone!

I was wondering, has anyone but me heard anyone from the inner cities of the American midwest? People hear seem to think that English dialects are easier to understand... ^^;;;
HiyaKiani   Friday, June 13, 2003, 04:40 GMT
I have a friend who's from the midwest. She sounds 'normal' to me (I'm from Cali.) But when she says Wisconsin, it sounds more like
"Winscaaahn-sin." (I told her about it and she didn't know it.) She's switches from Nevada to Nebraska because her mom doesn't like to be stable. Her mom was from Iowa, and I hear and little accent in her mom but I never payed much attention to it so I can't tell you how it sounds. It's sort of unnoticable. (To me)
' ^ * ^ '
=(^.~)= meow!
By the way, Happy Friday the 13!!!
MP & BB! Kiani
moira   Friday, June 13, 2003, 04:57 GMT
hm. newcomer here.
just thought, while (or whilst) reading this, accents do not originate in any one spot. this is not a new thought, but it's not really been touched on.
i'm from the south US, but i've had people ask me where i'm from and give me strange looks when i respond, because i do not have a southern accent and some of my grammar is a bit strange to most people (i ramble and finicky perfectionist teachers tend to nitpick at my 'wordiness'). i attribute this to all the people i've met, my parents, my friends (some who whom are foreign; mexican, vietnamese, chinese, russian etc), and living in a city and what i read and listen to (two or my favorite authors are known for lengthy sentences, though many of their sentences are grammatically correct, only a bit longer than most prefer to read, because one loses attention. you've perhaps lost attention too?) the more variety you encounter, the less inclined you are to develop a certain accent.
just as a side thought: when reading silently, most people develop different voices in their heads. mine tend to have a variety of accents, which is interesting, or it is so to me.
David Bosch   Saturday, June 14, 2003, 19:19 GMT
That's true moira, when I'm reading silently my head tends to use a German accent, but when I speak I get British accent out of my mouth. lol
Tabisora   Saturday, June 14, 2003, 19:21 GMT
Read aloud to get the reflex then, David!
David Bosch   Saturday, June 14, 2003, 19:43 GMT
I will, I will, thanks
David Bosch   Saturday, June 14, 2003, 19:46 GMT
Does anybody know why some Brits pronounce 'day' like 'die' and the same for may, say, etc?
Guofei Ma   Saturday, June 14, 2003, 20:56 GMT
RP speakers don't pronounce "day" like "die". Some Estuary English speakers do and so do Australians. I think it's a most annoying pronunciation. An Al-Qaeda suicide bomber born and bred in Australia might say "todie is the die to die".
Maria   Sunday, June 15, 2003, 10:15 GMT
'day' is pronounced as 'day' in Britain, even with many of the accent variations. Usually in the South they lengthen the 'a' if it is in the middle of the word. For example, In Sheffield, Graph would be just said as it is, but in Kent it would be pronounced Graaarph. The same would be true for 'Glass', 'grass' etc.
McNight   Sunday, June 15, 2003, 17:53 GMT

Does anybody know why some Brits pronounce 'day' like 'die' and the same for may, say, etc?

I've heard a few londerners pronounce "day" as "die" and "say" as "sie", but outside that city it's pronounced properly.
McNight   Sunday, June 15, 2003, 17:56 GMT
Difference between British and American English?

British English follows a pattern

American spelling - proper English spelling

Actually no,
American English follows a pattern.

Color - Colour
Humor - Humour
Flavor - Flavour
Behavior - Behaviour
Trailor -Trailor
Tailor - Tailor
Motor - Motor
Actor - Actor

David Bosch   Monday, June 16, 2003, 03:44 GMT
OK, thanks,so... is it wrong or bad-sounding if I start pronouncing day as die? lol
Clark   Tuesday, June 17, 2003, 07:12 GMT
No; you will just sound a bit Australian like.
Jim   Tuesday, June 17, 2003, 07:44 GMT
In the Aussie accent you can easily distinguish "day" and "die". Sure, the Aussie "day" sounds more like "die" than the RP one but they're still different.

/d/ represents the "d" in "debt",
/e/ represents the "e" in "pet",
/@/ represents the "a" in "pat",
/a/ represents the "u" in "putt" and
/i/ represents the "i" in "pit",
then the Aussie "day" would be pronounced /d@i/
the RP "day" would be pronounced /dei/ and
the Aussie and RP "die" would be pronounced /dai/ or /dae/.

The North American accents tend to side with the RP one here but the Kiwi accent and I think some British ones side with the Aussie one. I read that we got our /@i/ from Britian.


Commonwealth spelling - American spelling

--realise --- realize
-surmise -- surmise
----size ------ size
--idolise ---- idolize
surprise --- surprise
---prize ------ prize