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BritishEnglish Vs AmericanEnglishWhen I was sixteen, I left my home in Yorkshire, england and moved to a community in Northern British Columbia, Canada, which was settled primarily by Texans. One of the issues of culture shock was the language barrier. "What language barrier?” you might ask. "Don't we all speak english?" Yes, we do. However, when I was asked if I liked "garage saling" and was requested to "Comet the sink", I began to doubt this. (I discovered later that the garage sale is the North American equivalent to the British car boot sale and that Comet is a cleansing agent.) Winston Churchill stated that England and America are "two nations divided by a common language." A major difference between American and British english is pronunciation. When english people mimic American english, they tend to emphasise the strong final "r" sounds. When American people mimic British english, they tend to exaggerate the silent final "r". However, one should not stereotype too strongly in this way. Both nations have a variety of dialects, which contain exceptions even to this common generalization. In England's West Country, local dialects involve the pronunciation of final "r's". In the Eastern united