November 20


American English vs. British English spelling


Hi everyone, you’re listening to Cambridge Exam Coach, a podcast for people who want to improve their English.

I’m Kristian, your host, and in this episode we’re talking about 3 differences between American English and British English spelling.

Words which end with -ER in American English often end in -RE in British English.

For example, I live in the center of town changes to centre.

Normally, verbs which end in -IZE in American English, can be spelled in British English with either -IZE or -ISE.

For example, ‘Can you organize the meeting’ changes to ‘Can you organize or organise the meeting’.

Sometimes words with -OR in American English can be spelled in British English using -OUR.

For example, ‘What’s your favorite color?’ changes to ‘favourite colour’.

It doesn’t matter whether you use American English or British English spelling. Just make sure you use one or the other.

That’s all for today. Take care of yourself, and each other. Goodbye!

About the author 


Kristian is from The Netherlands, but he lives in Prague, Czechia. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam with grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, podcasts or an audiobook.


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