Saturday, 18 April 2009

pne: A picture of a six-year-old girl (Amy)

Occasionally, I tell Amy what things are called in American English.

I usually couch it in terms of "Ben says 'X'", due to some English-for-children DVDs that she has with two anthropomorphic animals called Ben and Bella, wherein Bella speaks [a native German's approximation to] British English, while Ben speaks [ditto] American English. So she's already noticed that they occasionally pronounce things differently, and sometimes I point out how they might also use different words (e.g. sidewalk, flashlight).

Hopefully, she won't be as confused as I was the first time I came across the word "faucet". (Which reminds me, that's a word I haven't told her about yet. They're all "taps" here.)

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pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)
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