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About American English

This is the most widely spoken language in the United States. It evolved from the English dialect brought to the country by settlers from Britain from the 17th century onwards. It is easily understandable by other English speakers and, although it has some unique vocabulary, this is often familiar to other English speakers because of the reach of American movies.

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West Germanic

Fun facts — English (American)

  • Apple pie, baseball and hot dogs are all words seen as quintessentially American. There's even a phrase 'as American as apple pie'.
  • Spanish is the second largest language spoken in the US and Spanish loan words include rodeo, canyon and patio.
  • American English uses a lot of very old English words which are no longer current in the UK such as 'eyeglasses', 'trash' and 'diapers'.

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