British English

Varieties Of English

British English (BrE) is a variant of the English language, spoken mainly in the United Kingdom. Along with American English‏‎, British English is one of the main variants taught in most ESL/EFL programs.

Bear in mind, however, that here is, in fact, no single British English variation of English. Instead there are a considerable number of variations mainly found in different locations. Thus, for example, there is:

  • Scottish English
  • Irish English
  • Welsh English
  • Northumbrian
  • Norfolk
  • Cornish
  • The Queen’s English
  • BBC English
  • RP or Received Pronunciation‏‎

However, the differences between these variations are mainly ones of accent‏‎ and pronunciation with a few vocabulary variations rather than differences in grammar.

{youtube}iUPk5eKsGvs|225|175{/youtube}For most learners, British English is the type of English spoken in the South-East of England. A typical speaker of standard British English would be someone like Kate Winslet the actress – click the video to hear an example of her speaking.

See Also

Varieties of English‏‎

Varieties of English Grammar – a list of grammar differences between British English and other types of English.

Varieties of English Vocabulary‏‎ – a list of vocabulary differences between British English and other types of English.

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