Regional Variety of the American English Language
Differences in American Vocabulary, Grammar, and Pronunciation
It is My Word against Yours!
Dialects, the Language of Location
Across America, the vocabulary Americans use and the way in which it is pronounced still gives away a lot about their geography, in spite of the standardizing of today’s English through mass culture and globalization.
People have strong opinions about using the appropriate word when referring to specific things; it is either 'right' or 'wrong'. The use of everday words is certainly ingrained in the minds and mouths of the Americans who use them!
The 'right' words are…
"purse" or "pocketbook" or "handbag" or "bag"
“soft drink” or "soda" or "pop" or "coke"
The 'right' pronunciations are…
“Pajamas” with the word pronounced “pa-JAM-ahs” mostly in the North and “pa-JAHM-ahs” preferred in the South
"Caramel"- sounds like Ca-Ra-Mel or Car-Mel
"Aunt"- sounds are either Ant or AHHnt
Here at Pronunciation Workshop, we not only teach "standard American English" but when it comes to music and song we also love the 'old Standards' by George and Ira Gershwin!
It Sounds like the Gershwins’ were Right… Just like the song goes: 'You say 'tomAto' and I say 'tomAHto'!
Depending on where you live...
What do you call the box you bury a dead person in?
"a casket" or "a coffin"
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