Free Language Lessons
From its early British heritage, the English language has evolved and it will continue to do so as it creeps its way into societies all over the world. The English you know may not be what another person, who lives in another country, knows. Different countries have developed their own unique way of using English. For example, the Australian English, a dialect I have grown accustomed to, uses the letter ‘ u 's in certain words. They use suffixes such as – ise instead of – ize as well as – t instead of – ed . Below are some examples of the common differences between how Australians spell words and how these words are spelt elsewhere.
Centre rather than Center
Endeavour rather than Endeavor
Colour instead of Color
Armour instead of Armor
Dreamt instead of Dreamed
Spelt instead of Spelled
Learnt instead of Learned
Jeopardise instead of Jeopardize
Organise instead of Organize
Organisation instead of Organization
When I wrote my book: The Part-Time Currency Trader , I had to think about who my audience was. People who might be interested in this book were not just going to be Australians. In fact, currency trading is big in America , Europe and Asia . I would have to communicate with them as well. Therefore, I had to do a little researching and what I discovered for myself would be relevant to all writers, website owners and anybody who wishes to communicate with the global community and compete internationally.
From its early British heritage, the English language has evolved and it will continue to do so as it creeps its way into societies all over the world. The English you know may not be what another person, who lives in another country, knows. I found it most intriguing that there are so many English dialects.
Below are the types of English dialects (Source: http://www.wikipedia.org):
Types of English that evolved from the British Isles :
Types of English that evolved from the United States:
North Central American English
Southern American English:
Types of English that evolved from Canada :
Types of English that evolved in the Oceania :
New Zealand English
Types of English that evolved in Asia :
Hong Kong English
Sri Lankan English
Types of English that evolved in other countries:
South African English
Other Classifications of English:
With this many types of English to cater for, writing can get complicated, especially when it comes to spelling words. If you are writing a book, people expect you not to make any spelling errors. None of us are perfect and I'm sure there are mistakes in most manuscript or on most websites but the last thing you need as a writer, is that your readers attribute spelling mistakes to you because of these basic differences in English.
If you want to know how I got around this problem, I simply wrote my book in my local dialect, Australian English. Then, I added a page in my book where I explain to the reader the most common differences between the Australian English and the English they may be accustomed to.
I just thought I would let you know and I hope this helps when you are reading or writing.