Lesson Eight: American and British Cccents Are Different

The main reasons why speaking English is so hard

This special pronunciation section will explain to you why English is hard to speak correctly and give you some help on improving your pronunciation. These are the main reasons why English is so hard. There is a lesson for each one.

Note that the pronunciation examples are in American English accent. In the last lesson you will find American and British English examples.

These lessons are sponsored by: EyeSpeak English

There are quite a few different accents in English, and a problem is being able to tell them apart, and knowing which one you should sound like. The previous examples have all been in the American accent to make things simpler. When you are first learning English you should only try to learn one accent, and you should decide whether that is an American accent or a British one. However you should try to understand both.

To help you with understanding both accents, here is a list of some common and more difficult words in English, said with both a British and American accent. Listen to both pronunciations and see which one you most sound like.

Word US UK Word US UK Word US UK
abdicate acquiesce across
acute adjacent adjusted
adopted antiquate antique
anxiety asked athletic
atrocity auxiliary bus
business buzz cauterize
colloquialism conjecture conquer
crystallize differential drought
enjoy escape espresso
exacerbate facsimile ferocious
film finale immediately
impartial inconsequential inexhaustible
international interpreted juxtapose
light long luxury
mosque mouth often
outskirt philanthropic presidential
relevant requirement residential
right simile square
stretched stringent stroke
substantial suspicious threaten
thumb tranquilize vivacity
voracious wrong