11 Awesome British phrases that Americans should start using ASAP

July 3, 2014 | 109 comments

Here are the definitions and backstories of several common British phrases that should definitely be added to your arsenal of idioms if they’re not there already…

Amusing guide shows Americans and Brits the different words they each use for the same things [7 pics]

July 2, 2014 | 29 comments

While the English language is spoken by people around the world, they don’t all use the same words for everything. To help address this confusion, illustrator Samantha Sanders created guide to help Americans and Britons understand what the other is referring to…

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The guide is written from an American perspective, but it could just as easily be used by someone from the UK to understand the American versions of their words.

British English is on the left and American English is on the right. Your opinions on which options are better go in the comments below…

(A few words in the “slang” and “insults” categories are PG-13…)

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Things take a sharp, dark turn when a Japanese English student imagines being shipwrecked

June 27, 2014 | 3 comments

Redditor Robimus is an English teacher in Japan. Recently he asked his junior high students to use their burgeoning language skills to describe what they’d do if they were shipwrecked and stranded on an island.

After a few sentences that were more along the lines of the examples in his textbook, one student decided to bring his mini-essay to a close with a healthy dose of reality…

Japanese Student Imagines Being Shipwrecked

Comedian mimics 17 accents from the British Isles using celebrities from each region as examples

June 19, 2014 | 1 comment

Siobhan Thompson normally spends her time making people laugh, but the comedian also has a knack for imitating accents from around the UK and Ireland. The BBC’s Anglophenia enlisted Thompson to do a tour of accents from around the British Isles, resulting in an explanation and demonstration of 17 English accents that’s both informative and funny…

Related… A tour of accents across the British Isles performed in a single, unedited take

How a deaf and blind Brazilian soccer fan watches the World Cup games

June 18, 2014 | 1 comment

Carlos really wanted to experience the world cup and cheer for his team — Brazil — but he didn’t know how he could since he’s deaf and blind. In a wonderful coincidence, before Brazil’s last game, Carlos’s friend Helio who is also a sign language interpreter thought of some ways to adapt the televised soccer experience for Carlos.

Of course, Carlos was thrilled.

So throughout the game, Carlos held Helio’s hands and traced the ball’s action on a model field on their laps, while another friend signaled fouls, ball possession, players’ numbers and more on his back…

(The video demonstrating the whole process is fascinating but a bit long. If you just want to see a couple goals, jump ahead to 9:50.)

Ridiculous word causes spelling bee contestant and crowd to crack up

June 12, 2014 | No comments

Back in 2007 at the national spelling bee, speller Kennyi Aouad was asked to spell “sardoodledom.” What resulted was what the contest’s longtime pronouncer calls the funniest moment ever at the bee.

Of course, immediately after the giggles things get serious again…

(via Reddit)

A few guys share a laugh at how their friend says “helicopter”

June 2, 2014 | 3 comments

This gentleman’s native language doesn’t have the same sounds or rules as English, making it hard for him to replicate English words. His friends know this…so of course they have some fun with him…

(via Reddit)

For more on this type of linguistic substitution, check out why “Merry Christmas” morphs into “Mele Kalikimaka” in Hawaiian.