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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 Maletero
Car Park Parking Lot Aparcamiento
Chemist´s Drugstore, Pharmacy Farmacia
Chest of drawers Dresser Cómoda
Chips French fries Patatas Fritas
Crisps Potato chips Patatas chips
Cinema Movie Theater Cinema
Crossroads Intersection Intersección
Driving Licence Driver´s license Carnet de conducir
Dummy Pacifier Chupete
Dustbin, bin Trash can, garbage can Cubo de la basura
Estate agent Real estate agent Agente inmobiliario
Estate car Station wagon Coche familiar
Film Movie Película
Flat Apartment Piso, apartamento
Handbag Purse Bolso
Holiday(s) Vacation Vacaciones
Jam Jelly Mermelada
Jelly Gelatin, Jello Gelatina
Jug Pitcher Jarra
Lift Elevator Ascensor
Lorry Truck Camión
Mad Crazy Loco
Maths Math Mates
Motorbike Motorcycle Motocicleta
Motorway Highway, Freeway, Expressway Autopista
Nappy Diaper Pañal
Pants, underpants Underwear, underpants Calconcillos
Pavement Sidewalk Acera
Petrol Gas, gasoline Gasolina
Post Mail Correo
Postbox Mailbox Buzón
Postcode Zip code Código postal
Pub Bar Bar
Return ticket Round-trip ticket Viaje de ida y vuelta
Roundabout Traffic circle Rotonda
Rubber Eraser Goma de borrar
Rubbish Garbage, trash Basura
Shop Store, shop Tienda
Solicitor Lawyer, attorney Abogado
Spanner Wrench Llave inglesa
Sweets Candy Caramelos
Taxi Cab, taxi Taxi
Tea towel Dish towel Paño de cocina
Timetable Schedule Horario
Tin Can Lata
Torch Flashlight Linterna
Trousers Pants Pantalones
Tube, underground Subway Metro, tren subterráneo
Vest Undershirt Camiseta interior
Waistcoat Vest Chaleco
Wellington boots Rain boots Botas de agua
Windscreen Windshield Parabrisas
Zip Zipper Cremallera

The time is here! Set your clock and get ready! Today’s post is about expressions and idioms related to TIME. The following list contains some of the most commonly used English expressions regarding the passing of time with explanations and examples to make them clearer.

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AGAINST THE CLOCK– in a hurry or with very little time.
They are working against the clock to have the house ready for the guests arriving Saturday.

A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT– something that comes too late and isn’t worthwhile economically.
Yesterday we bought a used car after searching for weeks. Then today my uncle said we could have had his, but that it needs repairs. A day late and a dollar short!

AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR– something that happens at the last minute, almost at the end.
The opposing team scored a goal at the eleventh hour and won the game!

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER– it is better to do or have something late than not at all.
We wanted to give her the birthday present at her party but it wasn’t delivered until 3 days later. Well, better late than never!

DONKEY’S YEARS– for a very long time.
He’s been living in Spain for donkey’s years! It must be 30 years now!

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La Tormenta

July 12, 2013

Lightning over small townOne balmy, humid summer night I was at home with my family. We were sitting quietly in the living room when we started to see bright flashes of lightning in the sky. A few drops of rain started to fall but as the strong gusts of wind moved in the rain became heavy. As the storm moved even closer we could hear loud bangs of thunder and see enormous lightning bolts jolt the sky. It was amazing to watch from the safe haven of our living room. Suddenly our electricity went out and the whole house was pitch black! Continue Reading…

Is English the easiest language to learn?
Hello Sphere Word Tiles Global Languages CulturesThe question of which language is the most difficult to learn and which is the easiest to master is a much debated one.

In a language study done by the British Foreign Office the most difficult language to learn was found to be Basque, spoken in the Basque Country in Northern Spain and Southern France. One of the reasons is that Basque is an “isolated” language and does not share Latin roots with other languages in the way that Spanish, French and Italian do. Thus, vocabulary can be difficult to learn.  In addition, the grammar, syntax and pronunciation are very complex. Other languages, with an enormous amount of characters, such as Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese, are also very difficult to learn by speakers and writers of the Roman alphabet. And many say that, in Chinese, once you have managed to master the long lists of complicated characters, an even more difficult task is the pronunciation.

What about English? Isn´t it one of the easiest languages to learn?

For the speakers of Romance languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) when you start learning English you are not starting from scratch. Just by using the same alphabet you are already off to good start. Continue Reading…