ONE language, THREE accents - UK vs. USA vs. AUS English! (+ Free PDF)

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Download the FREE PDF & Quiz: https://bit.ly/freePDFandQUIZ Swimsuit, togs or swimming costume? We speak the same English language in 3 very different ways - British vs Australian vs American English slang and vocabulary! PART 2 IS HERE: https://bit.ly/1lang3accents A HUGE thank you to Emma and Vanessa for their help with this video! This is a look at 3 of the MANY English accents! I would love to extend this series - please let me know which accents you’d like me to look at next time! Emma's Channel: https://bit.ly/mmmEnglishChannel Emma is the founder of The Ladies Project, an online community for international women learning English to build speaking confidence and practise together! Check it out here: https://bit.ly/EmmasLadiesProject Vanessa's Channel: https://bit.ly/SpeakEnglishWithVanessaChannel Check out Vanessa's free ebook "5 Steps to Becoming a Confident English Speaker" - https://bit.ly/VanessasFreeEbook DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE EMAILS FROM LUCY? Sign up here: https://bit.ly/EmailsFromLucy Don't forget to turn on subtitles if you need them! This is how I generate my subtitles (you can get a $10 subtitle coupon too): https://www.rev.com/blog/coupon/?ref=lucy (affiliate) Visit my website for free PDFs and an interactive pronunciation tool! https://englishwithlucy.co.uk​ MY SOCIAL MEDIA: Personal Channel: http://bit.ly/LucyBella​​​ (I post subtitled vlogs of my life in the English countryside! Perfect for listening practice!) Instagram: @Lucy http://bit.ly/lucyinsta​​​​​​​​​​ My British English Pronunciation Course is now LIVE: https://englishwithlucy.co.uk/pronunciationcourse (use code YOUTUBE10 for a 10% discount!) Do you want to improve your pronunciation? I have launched my British English (Modern RP) pronunciation course! I’ll train you to read phonetic transcriptions, and produce each sound that comprises modern received pronunciation. I’ll also teach you how to implement the correct use of intonation, stress, rhythm, connected speech, and much more. We’ll compare similar sounds, and look at tricky topics like the glottal stop and the dark L. Technically, I need to mark this as an AD even though it is my own company so - AD :) Want to get a copy of my English Vocabulary Planners? Click here: https://shop.englishwithlucy.co.uk - The best offer is the 4-book bundle where you get 4 planners for the price of 3. This product is very limited - don't miss out. The English Plan will be shipped from early August, from me here in England to you across the world! We ship internationally! Watch my explainer video here: https://bit.ly/TheEnglishPlanVideo Practice speaking: Earn $10 free italki credit: https://go.italki.com/englishwithlucy... (ad affiliate) Improve listening! Free Audible audiobook: https://goo.gl/LshaPp If you like my lessons, and would like to support me, you can buy me a coffee here: https://ko-fi.com/englishwithlucy FREE £26 Airbnb credit: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/c/lcondesa (ad - affiliate) Email for business enquiries ONLY: [email protected]

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- Hello everyone and welcome back to English with Lucy.
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I have got such a treat for you today!
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I've been excited about this for such a long time.
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I am shortly going to welcome two lovely guests
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who have generously given their time
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to help teach you the differences
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between Australian English, American English,
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and British English.
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This is going to be a two-part series,
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today, we are going to focus on vocabulary
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and then in the next part of the video,
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we are focusing on pronunciation.
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We may all speak the same language: English,
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but we have very different accents
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and we speak with different vocabularies.
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So this video is perfect for improving your vocabulary
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but if you want to improve your pronunciation
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and your listening skills even further,
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This is how you use the method.
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Take a book that you have already read in English
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whilst listening to the audiobook version on Audible.
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Reading alone will not help you with your pronunciation
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because English isn't a strictly phonetic language.
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The way a word is written in English
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may not give you much indication at all
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as to how it's pronounced in English.
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But if you listen to a word
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at the same time as reading it,
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your brain will start making connections.
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And the next time you hear that word,
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It is such an effective method
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I've got loads of recommendations down there for you.
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Right, let's get on with the lesson and welcome our guests.
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Firstly, I would like to welcome Emma to the channel.
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- Hey there, I'm Emma from the mmmEnglish YouTube channel,
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coming at you from Perth in Western Australia.
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- And we also have Vanessa.
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- Hi I'm Vanessa and I live in North Carolina in the U.S..
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I run the YouTube channel Speak English With Vanessa.
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- It's so lovely to have Emma and Vanessa on the channel.
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I've known Emma for a very, very long time,
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four years now and I've recently got to know Vanessa.
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Both of them have fantastic YouTube channels
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and all of their information is in the description box
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if you want to follow them.
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So I have got some pictures and Vanessa, Emma
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and I are going to tell you how we would say
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what's in these pictures in our own country.
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You might be surprised at some of the answers.
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Okay so let's start with this one.
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- In the U.S. these are chips, 100% just chips.
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- I can't believe you started with this one.
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These are chips.
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- We call these crisps, crisps.
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- The other word that you used, Lucy,
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is the most complicated word in the English language to say.
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So let's just call them chips and move along.
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- Yeah, I'll give you that one.
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Crisps is a notoriously difficult word
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for learners of English.
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It's the sps sound at the end, crisps.
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You'll find a lot of people mispronouncing them as crips,
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crips, when they should be crisps.
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So here is the next one and it gets even more complicated
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because in the UK we call these chips.
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So in the U.S., the cold version is chips
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and in the UK the hot version is chips.
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Let's see it what Vanessa has to say about this.
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What does she call them?
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- These are French fries.
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I know that they're not really French
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but we still call them French fries
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or you can just say fries by themselves.
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- The next one's chips as well, right?
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They're hot chips. - Hot chips, oh my god!
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Hot chips, Australians just call everything chips then.
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It is worth noting that if you go to England
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and you order fries or French fries,
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we know exactly what you mean.
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Okay, next we have this one.
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- We call these cookies
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or chocolate chip cookies specifically.
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- Okay they are biscuits.
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Don't really hear people saying cookie.
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- Yes, two against one!
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These for us are biscuits as well
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and we would use cookie to refer to an American style,
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normally, chocolate chip cookie.
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However if you use the word biscuit in the United States,
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you might get something that you are not expecting.
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Vanessa has more on this.
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- If you ask someone, "Do you have any biscuits?"
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or, "I want a biscuit," they would not give you this,
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instead they'd give you a savoury kind
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of fluffy type piece of bread.
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A biscuit is savoury and a cookie is sweet.
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- So there we have it.
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If you fancy something sweet with your coffee in America,
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don't ask for a biscuit. (chuckles)
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You will be bitterly disappointed.
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Okay, Vanessa got very passionate about this next one.
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Very passionate.
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Here is the picture.
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Vanessa seems to think
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that she knows the absolute correct answer
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and she's even done research.
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I did not expect Emma and Vanessa
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to get books out for this video.
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- I have the proof that my answer is the most correct
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because you can see my two-year-old son is obsessed
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with trucks, we have so many truck books.
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Let me read to you.
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What truck do you need?
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A tractor trailer. (chuckles)
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So this is also what I would call it a tractor trailer.
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I might call it a semi.
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- Alright that yellow thing is a truck.
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- So Vanessa thinks it's a tractor trailer
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and she's very, very sure about it.
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- In all of these books, they call it a tractor trailer
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so we're gonna go with that one.
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- That really tickled me.
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- Emma thinks it's a truck.
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In the UK we would call this a lorry, a lorry.
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- It's a truck.
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- Whatever Emma, it's a lorry.
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Okay, what about this next one?
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What have the women got up here?
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- These girls all have bangs.
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- We would definitely say fringe.
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Bangs is probably becoming more popular,
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especially colloquially.
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- So in the UK, we definitely call this a fringe
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and when I started hearing the word bangs in movies
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and things like that,
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I was really genuinely confused.
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Okay what about this next one?
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- This is candy.
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- They are lollies, lollies.
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- Lollies, that is so cute!
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So in British English these are sweets.
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Or sometimes if you're talking to a child,
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they might call them sweeties.
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Lollies for us are sweets on a stick.
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Right, what about this next one?
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- This is a swimsuit.
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Some people might call it a bathing suit,
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you can also call this a one-piece.
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- Okay, this one's really funny.
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In Melbourne where I'm from,
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it's really common to call them togs
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but no one else in Australia really calls them togs,
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they call it swimmers.
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In Sydney they call them cozzies or costumes
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but generally it's swimmers or bathers.
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Oh gosh, that's another one, bathers or swimmers.
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- Oh my word, I did not expect to receive
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so many different ways of saying swimming costume.
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This for us is a swimming costume.
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We can also say one-piece
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and we can also shorten it down to cozzy.
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I remember my mum saying, "get your cosy on,"
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before my swimming lessons when I was a child
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but that's quite a childish thing.
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Okay what about this next one?
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- This is the forest.
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- That is definitely a forest.
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- No!
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It's the woods, woods, plural.
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This is definitely the woods.
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I mean in general we say the woods.
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Forest implies a huge, huge area of trees, of woodland.
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- The woods sounds kind of like something you might hear
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in an old-fashioned fairy tale.
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- Yeah well, Vanessa, sometimes life
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in England is like an old-fashioned fairy tale.
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I think a lot of Americans have this vision of England
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as a place with so much culture and history,
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like a fairy tale, and then they come over
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and they are just so disappointed.
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Okay what about this next one?
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- This is a bathroom.
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You might say it's a restroom
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but it would be really unusual to call a place
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that actually has a bathtub a restroom.
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Usually we use the term restroom for public places.
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- That room is a bathroom.
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Yeah, it's a bathroom.
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- Okay so Vanessa touched on restroom and bathroom.
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Now we would never use the word restroom in British English.
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If we were in a public place
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and we are looking for a bathroom, we would say toilet.
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However if there is a bath there, like a bathtub,
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then yes, we might say bathroom as well.
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But we would ask where's the toilet.
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- If you say where's the toilet,
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most people in the US would just say,
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"It's in the bathroom."
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- I mean she is not wrong.
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The toilet is in the bathroom.
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There is also a slang word which I use a lot
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which is the loo, where's the loo.
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I went to the States for a business trip
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and I asked people where the loo was
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and they were utterly confused.
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"The loo, what's the loo?"
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All right let's move on to the next.
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- This is an apartment.
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This is mostly called an apartment.
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- We would never say flat.
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- Okay so in British English this is a flat.
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We have a block of flats;
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I've lived in many flats in my life.
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We don't use the word apartment.
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Okay the next one.
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Maybe the picture wasn't clear enough for this one
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because Emma did get a bit confused
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but she gave us all of the options, good old Emma.
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- This is a grocery store.
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- I'm not exactly sure what I'm looking at in that image
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but it could be a trolley, it could be an aisle,
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or it could be a supermarket.
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- A bingo, it's a supermarket for us as well,
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or we call it the shops.
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I'm going to the supermarket; I'm going to the shops.
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The shops is more general, it could mean any type of shop.
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We would never say grocery store.
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We might however say grocers, the grocers.
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This is a shop that just sells fruits and vegetables.
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All right, next one.
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- This is a comforter.
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- Oh my god, how weird is the word comforter?
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That's weird.
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In Australia that's called a doona.
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- (laughs) I love that Emma is saying
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that the word comforter is weird
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and then she goes to say that in Australia it's a doona.
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That's weirder, Emma.
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So in British English this is a duvet, a duvet,
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which apparently Vanessa finds weird.
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See we will find each other weird.
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I didn't know what a duvet was, maybe I'm very sheltered,
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but I didn't know what a duvet was until I visited Europe.
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We just do not have those in the U.S.
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- Okay I feel there's gonna be a lot of conflict
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about this next one.
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- These are bell peppers.
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- Okay they're capsicums; red, green, yellow capsicums.
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- No!
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They're just plain old peppers.
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Red peppers, green peppers, and yellow peppers.
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Capsicum, what?
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This isn't Latin, this is English.
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Okay another one that's gonna cause a bit of conflict.
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- These are rain boots and also the jacket
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that goes with it is a raincoat or a rain jacket.
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I guess in the U.S. we like really clear,
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straightforward names for items like this.
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Rain boots, what's it for?
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It's for the rain, it's very clear, boots for the rain.
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- I mean she's not wrong, is she?
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American English is sometimes more simplified
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than British English and this is no bad thing, really.
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Let's see what Emma has to say.
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- When it's muddy and rainy, I would put my gumboots on
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to walk around in the wet.
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- Yeah, I mean we would we never say gumboots.
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I think I've heard my grandma say it
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so it might be quite an old-fashioned thing.
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In British English we say wellies or wellie boots.
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Are you ready for this next one, are you ready?
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Because what Australians call these is frankly shocking.
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Let's hear from Vanessa first.
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- These are flip-flops.
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- Yeah, these are flip-flops, Emma.
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What do you call them?
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When we go to the beach in Australia we wear our thongs.
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Our thongs, it's plural and we're talking about the shoes
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on our feet, they are thongs.
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(laughing)
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- So I have to explain to you what thongs,
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what a thong is in British English and American English.
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A song is like a G-string.
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It's a type of underwear where there is just one string
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at the back instead of more fabric.
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If Emma said to me, "Can I borrow some thongs?"
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I would probably lend her some
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but I'd be a bit concerned.
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Okay, next one, where would you go to fill up your car?
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- This is a gas station where you put gas into your car.
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- So when I fill up my car,
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I fill it up at the petrol station.
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- Ah, good, I am with Emma again on this one.
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She's redeeming herself after the thong situation.
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Yes, we also call this a petrol station.
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The fuel that we put into our car is petrol.
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I spent much of my childhood confused
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but I was especially confused by the fact
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that Americans put gas into their car
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'cause I thought well petrols are liquid.
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Turns out it's just short for gasoline.
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Now the next one's quite interesting,
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I want to know what they call a shop
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that only sells alcohol,
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and this is interesting because in America,
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their attitude towards alcohol is slightly different.
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We're very open, maybe too open to alcohol
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in the UK and Australia.
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The alcohol is more controlled
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by the government in the States, in the United States.
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- This is an ABC store which I just learned
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'cause I just looked it up,
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it stands for alcohol beverage controlled state.
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So this is a story that sells only alcohol
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and that last word state is because it is run by the state
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or run by the government.
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- Now let's see what Emma calls it because I have heard
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that Australians have some fun names for places like these.
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- When I go and get a bottle of wine,
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I go to the bottle shop,
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which in Australia we also call the bottle-o.
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- Bottle-o, love it!
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It would sound so stupid in a British accent.
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I'm just going to the bottle-o,
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do you need anything?
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Bottle-o, yeah it only works really
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when you pronounce your Ts as duh, bottle-o.
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In British English,
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we call this an off licence, an off licence.
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Okay what about this next one?
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I feel like I'm going to get ganged up on here.
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- These are pants.
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- Pants, pants.
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Old people might call them trousers.
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- Well excuse me, I must be very old then
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because these are hands down trousers, they are trousers.
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We do use the word pants to refer to underpants.
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Oh, 'cause they go under your pants,
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yeah maybe they are right.
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My whole life has been a lie.
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Underpants 'cause they go under your pants.
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Ugh, undertrousers, doesn't work, does it?
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Well anyway, these are trousers and I'm not old Emma, yet.
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Now what do we call this?
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The little walking space beside a road.
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- This is a sidewalk.
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- The concrete beside the road where people walk
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in Australia is called a footpath.
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- Interesting, we don't say either of these,
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we say pavement, pavement.
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Now we would never say sidewalk, we do say footpath,
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but a footpath is normally not beside a road.
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A pavement is just beside a road
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and a footpath is anywhere else.
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Okay another car related one, what do we call this?
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- This is a highway or you could call it an interstate.
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- A highway or maybe a freeway in Australia.
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- Ooh, we don't say either of these either.
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We never say highway in British English.
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Interstate, well we don't have states
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so that doesn't work either.
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Freeway, no.
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Freeway sounds dangerous,
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it sounds like you can do whatever you want.
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As I said before, I've left all
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of their information in the description box.
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Make sure you watch the other video
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in this two-part series on pronunciation.
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So we're going to be focusing on the same words
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that are pronounced differently in each accent.
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And I shall see you soon for another video.
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