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British English

To read about working here, see Teaching English in the United Kingdom.

Vocabulary is the number of words you know. Learners have an Active Vocabulary which are the words they use when they speak or write; they also have a Passive Vocabulary which are the words they may well understand but do not actively use.

For more, see Vocabulary‏‎ and TEFL.

Pronunciation is simply the way in which words and phrases‏‎ are spoken.

For more, see Pronunciation in English.

EFL is an acronym we use to talk about English as a Foreign Language. EFL students usually live in non English speaking countries and want to learn English mainly to use it on their travels or business trips abroad and to communicate with English speaking visitors to their country, etc.

For more, see EFL‏‎ - English as a Foreign Language.

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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