British and American are the two varieties of English most commonly learned around the world. Learners (and teachers) need, therefore, to have some understanding of the main differences in vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation between the two varieties. Here, we’re going to focus first on one area where the differences between British and American English are quite consistent, namely, spelling. But there are also many differences in vocabulary and one or two in grammar.
Use the quiz below to help you make a note of the differences in spelling between British and American so that whichever variety of English you prefer to use, you’re writing will be more consistently correct.
As well as the differences in spelling, one of the most noticeable differences between American and British English is vocabulary. There are hundreds of everyday words that are different. For example, people in the UK go on holiday, whereas Americans go on vacation.
Use this memory card game to see just 10 of the many differences in the names of things we use or talk about every day.
Read the explanations after you match each one.