Main differences in vocabulary between British and American English

This list highlights some of the main differences in vocabulary between British and American English. Depending on the region of the U.K. and the United States, speakers may choose certain terms. British English American English Spanish Autumn Fall, autumn Otoño Bill Check, bill Cuenta, factura Biscuit Cookie Galleta Bonnet (car) Hood Capó Boot (car) Trunk …

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New Year’s Reflections

The New Year has always been a time to look back throughout the last year and remember the good (and not so good) times we’ve had. Maybe you had an amazing experience in 2013, such as having a baby, getting married or travelling to an exciting destination. Then again, maybe there are few things you’d …

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Do American and British people celebrate Christmas in the same way?

While the two countries share many holiday spirited traditions such as decorating the house with a Christmas tree, family gatherings on Christmas Day, singing Christmas carols and gift giving, there ARE some important differences. Let’s take a look at the different traditions in the USA and the UK:

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Where does Halloween come from?

Every year on October 31st children (and some adults) dress up in costumes to celebrate Halloween.

Houses are decorated with Jack-o-Lanterns, artificial spiders and cobwebs, pretend witches and ghosts and other frightening objects that symbolize this special day.

On the evening of Halloween, in North America and many other countries around the world, groups of children can be seen walking the streets wearing costumes and visiting their neighbors’houses to receive candy.

Typical festive Halloween activities include Trick-or-Treating (going house to house to receive sweets or food), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted houses, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

But where does Halloween come from?

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What do you think when you see the AUDI logo? Or the NIKE logo?

Do you like to buy certain brands of clothing, electronics or appliances because you think they guarentee quality or because they are the popular brands nowadays? Do you save up your money to buy some of the most “in style” brands of clothing or shoes thinking they will make you seem more attractive to others? Are all brands worth the money?

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Is the shop open? Or is it closed? Does it frustrate you that you can’t go shopping on Sunday?

The liberalisation of shop opening hours has been a controversial topic in Europe and has caused debate between shop owners, business people, institutions and consumers. The legislation regarding the opening hours of shops differs between countries and it is usually left to the local governments to define.

“Sunday shopping” refers to the ability of retailers to operate stores on Sunday, a day that Christian tradition typically recognises as a “day of rest”. Rules governing Sunday shopping vary around the world but some countries continue to ban “Sunday shopping”.

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What do you do to take care of our planet?

What do you do to take care of our planet? You can help reduce the Greenhouse gases and the negative impact they are having on our environment. Here are 10 easy ways to live a “greener” life and help with this cause!
1. Recycle– not only will that glass bottle become a new glass bottle, but you’ll also help to reduce pollution and create jobs!
2. Reuse– wrapping paper, unbroken bags and bows for future gifts or art projects with the kids; donate clothes and toys you aren´t using to those who need them. And we can convert something that we aren´t using into something useful; for example use a shoe box to store pencils, crayons and stickers.

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