ANSWERS (SCORE ONE MARK FOR EACH CORRECT ANSWER)

 

MINI TALK # 2

AUDIO TRANSCRIPTION:
John: British English and American English are really about the same, aren't they?
Mary: I don't think so. It seems to me that some of the spellings are different.
Baker: You're right, Mary. Words like theater and center end in r-e in England instead of in e-r like we spell them. Can you think of any more examples?
Mary: The word color?
Baker: Good. In fact, many words which end in o-r in American English are spelled o-u-r in British English.
John: I'm still not convinced. I mean, if someone comes here from England, we can all understand what he's saying. The spelling doesn't really matter that much.
Baker: Okay. Are we just talking about spelling? Or are there some differences in pronunciation and meaning too?
Mary: Professor Baker?
Baker: Yes.
Mary: I remember seeing an English movie where the actors kept calling their apartment a flat. Half of the movie was over before I realized what they were talking about.
John: So there are slight differences in spelling and some vocabulary.
Mary: And pronunciation, too. You aren't going to tell me that you sound like Richard Burton.
John: Richard Burton isn't English. He's Welsh.
Mary: Okay. Anyway, the pronunciation is different.
Baker: I think that what we are really disagreeing about is the extent of the difference. We all agree that British English and American English are different. Right?
Mary: Yes.
John: Sure.
Baker: But not so different that it prevents us from understanding each other.
John: That's what I mean.
Mary: That's what I mean, too.

 
 

QUESTION # 41

AUDIO TRANSCRIPTION:
According to this class discussion, how is the word center spelled in British English?

B.

Centre.

 
 

QUESTION # 42

AUDIO TRANSCRIPTION:
What does the word flat mean in British English?

C.

An apartment.

 
 

QUESTION # 43

AUDIO TRANSCRIPTION:
On what did the class agree?

D.

That British English and American English have slightly different spelling, vocabulary and pronunciation, but Americans and Englishmen still understand each other.

 

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