Сочинения по английскому языку:
Divided by a Common Language - Разделенные общим языком
George Bernard Shaw said that America and Britain were two
nations divided by a common language. But how different is British
English from American English?
Some British and American people gave their definitions for some
|Something that you burn forheating and
||Something you put in your car make it go
|A school which is private
||A school that is open to
|A path which passes under a
||A railway which runs under
|Something that you wear
||Something you wear to coveryour
legs, over your underpants
|Clothing which you wear
||Clothing that you wear over
your shirt and under your jacket
|A list of things that you
havebought or eaten in a restaurant and which tells you how
||Money which is made of paper
|Long sticks of potato which you
cook in deep oil and eat hot witha meal.
||Very thin slices of fried
potatowhich you eat cold before a mealor as a snack
Confused? British and American English have lots
of words, which look the same but have different meanings. Nobody
ever gets into serious trouble if they make a mistake, although you
may get a strange look if you ask for the wrong clothes.
But things get even more complicated! Here are some American English
words, which the British don't use at all.
druggist someone who sells medicine in a shop.
parking lot a place where you park the car.
drugstore a shop where you can buy medicine, beauty
products, school supplies, small things.
main street the street in a town where all the
stop lights lights, which control the traffic.
faucet something you turn on and off to control
water in a bath or a basin.
elevator a device which carries people from one
floor to another in a building.
But most of the differences between British English and American
English are minor and are only concerned with vocabulary, spelling
and pronunciation. You can usually understand what words mean from
the context. Good luck (British English) or break a leg (American
Перевод текста: Divided by a Common Language - Разделенные общим
Джордж Бернард Шоу сказал, что Америка и Англия — две страны,
разделенные общим языком. Но насколько сильно отличаются британский
и американский английский? Некоторые американцы и англичане дали
свое определение некоторых общих слов.