1. British and American people speak the same language – right? No, it is wrong to some extent. Although they both speak English, there is a number of differences between the two varieties of English especially with the young people nowadays. For example, Trudi Burns and Eileen Unwin recently spent a very similar day. Here, they describe the day’s events.
2.Trudi.I got up at seven-thirty. I put on my bathrobe, went into the bathroom and turned on the bathtub faucets. After my bath I ate breakfast with my parents on the deck. Our apartment’s on the fifteenth floor, so the view’s terrific. At eight o’clock my mom and I took the elevator to the parking lot underneath our apartment block. First we stopped for gas, and then she drove me to school. The freeway was really busy – automobiles everywhere. When I got to school it was raining. Luckily I’d brought my galoshes and an umbrella, so I didn’t get wet.
3. School was OK except that we had a math test before recess. I think I flunked it. Anyway, after school I took a bus downtown to meet my sister, Susan. She became a grade school teacher after she left college last year. We ate out at a Chinese restaurant. Personally I don’t like rice, so I ordered french-fries instead. Susan disapproved. After dessert and coffee we paid the check and left. It had stopped raining, but the sidewalks were still wet. Susan gave me a ride home, and then I did a history assignment for the next day, watched a movie on TV and went to bed around 11.30. I was pooped!
4.Eileen.I got up at half past seven. I put on my dressing gown, went into the bathroom and turned on the bath taps. After my bath I had breakfast with my parents on the terrace. Our flat’s on the fifteenth floor, so the view’s terrific. At eight o’clock my mum and I took the lift to the car park under our block of flats. First we stopped for petrol, and then she drove me to school. The motorway was really busy – cars everywhere. When I got to school it was raining. Luckily I’d brought my Wellington boots and an umbrella, so I didn’t get wet.
5. School was OK, except that we had a maths exam before break. I think I failed. Anyway, after school I took a bus to the city centre to meet my sister, Susan. She became a primary school teacher after she left university last year. We went out for dinner to a Chinese restaurant. Personally I don’t like rice, so I ordered chips instead. Susan disapproved. After sweet and coffee we paid the bill and left. It had stopped raining but the pavements were still wet. Susan gave me a lift home, and then I did some history homework for the next day. I watched a film on the TV and went to bed at about half past eleven. I was really tired!
3. Speak about the differences in the vocabulary of each of the girls.
1. How many differences have you spotted? Write them out into your notebooks.
2. Who you think is an American of them?
3. Discuss your usual day with your partner.
4. Discuss the girls’ day with your partner.
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