As an American, I learned the US English, but since I do live in the Dominican Republic from time to time, I get talked to with UK English. I wanted to know, does it matter what English dialect that you use in this world? I mean it is just English.
Answer by catchatyou · Dec 19, 2011 at 01:16 AM
Not all English is just simply English. As we all know there are different varients. In America, we usually greet someone by saying, "Hello" or "Good Morning". I think England is the same in that regard, but go to Australia; they greet people by saying, "G'day Mate".
I do realize that you're asking about US and UK. Pretty much, there's not much difference between us two, but if you go to other English speaking lands, you will find that some words don't exactly go too smoothly. If I'm correct a napkin in Australian English means diaper. Try asking for a napkin the next time you go to Australia!
Answer by jwonno · Dec 20, 2011 at 07:29 AM
"UK English" is mostly regarded as proper English, as England is where it orginated from and is standardised through the Oxford English Dictionary. I have been informed from a few sources that America does not have such a national standardisation, though I may be wrong.
"US English" is wider known as it is used in most businesses across the globe due to America's influence. It is sometimes seen as a 'dumbed-down' variant as letters and words have been dropped from "UK English". However "UK English" is much more diverse and constantly changing at an overwhelming rate, this makes it a very hard language to learn in comparison to it's American counterpart.
I would say that if you live in the UK, or spend a significant amount of time there, you should learn the "local lingo" per se. If you live anywhere else or are trying to learn English, learn "US English" as you will be understood almost wherever you go.
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