Monday, April 27, 2015

Potayto, Potahto

A couple of weeks ago in our pre-departure class, Dr. Nobiling put a list of words on the board and told us how those words are pronounced in London versus how they are pronounced in America. I found that some of the ways they pronounce their words is quite a bit different than in the U.S. and some are even quite funny. For instance:
1) Vitamin. In the United States we pronounce it like VITE-a-min. In London they pronounce it just like it is spelled-VIT-a-min.
2) Aluminum. This is the weirdest one, and I shouldn't have to tell you how we pronounce it in America but just in case, we pronounce it like a-lum-in-um. Well in London, they pronounce it like al-loo-MIN-ee-um.
3) Schedule: In America it is pronounced SKED-ual, but in London they pronounce it like SHED-ual.
4) Privacy: London says: PRIV-a-see

Now not only does America and London pronounce words differently but we also spell words differently.
1) Armour v. Armor
2) Centre v. Center
3) Colour v. Color
4) Theatres v. Theaters

Those are just a few of many words that are pronounced or spelled differently. It will definitely be fun trying to figure out what people are saying while I am in London, and I bet for them it is fun trying to figure out what we are saying sometimes.

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