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Friday the 28th of September, 2018
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BRITISH VS. AMERICAN ENGLISH (BIRDS VS. CHICKS)

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Happy Friday, readers!

This week we have been studying vocabulary differences between standard UK and US English. We are ending this theme with the colloquial use of the words BIRD and CHICK

Definition: Slang for "girl" or "woman"

In US English the tendency is to say: CHICKS

In UK English the tendency is to say: BIRDS

Example 1: I like the bird you were with last night. What was her name?

Example 2: I would not date that chick if my life depended on it. She is completely crazy!

These terms aren't particularly polite, so be careful where you use them.

Have you ever heard these words used this way? Tell us on one of our social media sites (Facebook or Twitter). 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices

Twitter: https://twitter.com/englishdaily

If you want to learn more about the differences between British and American English, you can read some of our posts from a series we did in 2008:

https://ziggurat.es/lecciones_ingles/busqueda/BRITISH%20AND%20AMERICAN%20DIFFERENCES

Or these from 2007 and 2009:

https://www.ziggurat.es/lecciones_ingles/busqueda/UK%20vs.%20US/2

That's all for today. We hope that you have a wonderful weekend. We will see you on Monday for a week about Phrasal Verbs for Business.



Thursday the 27th of September, 2018
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BRITISH VS. AMERICAN ENGLISH (LORRY VS. TRUCK)

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Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin! I hope that you are having a nice week.

This week, we are looking at British vs. American English Vocabulary. Today we are looking at the words LORRY and TRUCK

Definition: A car with a long back to transport things. 

Americans say: TRUCK

The British say: LORRY

Which one do you use? Tell us on one of our social media pages (Facebook or Twitter). 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices

Twitter: https://twitter.com/englishdaily

If you want to learn more about the differences between British and American English, you can read some of our posts from a series we did in 2008:

https://ziggurat.es/lecciones_ingles/busqueda/BRITISH%20AND%20AMERICAN%20DIFFERENCES

Or these from 2007 and 2009:

https://www.ziggurat.es/lecciones_ingles/busqueda/UK%20vs.%20US/2

That's all for today. See you tomorrow for our last lesson of the week!



Wednesday the 26th of September, 2018
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BRITISH VS. AMERICAN ENGLISH (PISSED)

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Welcome back everyone and happy Wednesday! This week, we are looking at British vs American English Vocabulary.

Today we are focusing on the colloquial word PISSED

American definition: Angry. 

Example 1: When we got in a car accident, my dad was so pissed

Example 2: I can't believe you didn't call me on my birthday. I'm pissed.

We also use this as a phrasal verb, TO PISS (someone) OFF

Example 3: That really pissed me off

British definition: Drunk.

Example 4: We got so pissed last night at the party.

Example 5: You seem pretty pissed. Should we go home?

Example 6: He had two beers and he was already pissed

We looked at this in a Daily Vitamin post from 2015. You can read that post here:

https://ziggurat.es/leccion_ingles/2598

Tomorrow we will look at the words LORRY and TRUCK.

That's it for today. Thank you for reading!



Tuesday the 25th of September, 2018
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BRITISH VS. AMERICAN ENGLISH (LIFT VS. ELEVATOR)

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Welcome to the Daily Vitamin, everyone! I hope that you had a nice long weekend (for those of you that had Monday off). 

This week, we are looking at some vocabulary differences between standard British and American English. It is common to have different words to describe the same thing in different dialects. One is not more or less correct, but it's best to use the word that corresponds to the dialect of the place that you are in, to avoid miscommunication. You know the saying, "when in Rome, do as the Romans do."

Today we are looking at LIFT (UK) vs. ELEVATOR (US). 

Definition: The apparatus that moves people or things to different floors of a building. 

Americans generally say ELEVATOR and the British say LIFT.

Which do you usually use? If we're living in Europe, should we be using LIFT instead of ELEVATOR? Give us your opinion on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/englishdaily

Ten years ago, we looked at many differences between British and American English. (It's hard to believe it's been 10 years!) You can read those posts at the following link:

https://ziggurat.es/lecciones_ingles/busqueda/BRITISH%20AND%20AMERICAN%20DIFFERENCES

...and the following link includes some more:

https://ziggurat.es/lecciones_ingles/busqueda/UK%20vs.%20US/2

That's all for today. Tomorrow we will look at the British and American uses of the colloquial word PISSED. See you then!



Monday the 24th of September, 2018
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NO DV TODAY (MERCE)

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Hello everyone, 

There is no Daily Vitamin today because it is a bank holiday in Barcelona (La Mercè). 

We will see you tomorrow with another lesson.