A student is learning to speak British English. He wonders(想知道): Can I communicate(交际) with Americans? Can they understand me? Learners of English often ask: What are the differences between British and American English? How important are these differences?
Certainly, there are some differences between British and American English. There are a few differences in grammar. For example, speakers of British English say “in hospital” and “Have you a pen?” Americans say “in the hospital” and “Do you have a pen?”.Pronunciation is sometimes different. Americans usually sound theirs in words like “bird” and “hurt”. Speakers of British English do not sound theirs in these words. There are differences between British and American English in spelling and vocabulary. For example, “colour” and “honour” are British, “color” and “honor” are American.
These differences in grammar, pronunciation, spelling and vocabulary are not important, however. For the most part, British and American English are the same language.
【小题1】According to this passage, a student who is learning to speak American English might be afraid that __________.
A.British people cannot understand him
B.American people cannot understand him
C.the grammar is too hard for him
D.the spelling is too hard for him
【小题2】American English and British English are different in __________.A.spellingB.pronunciationC.grammarD.all of the above
【小题3】What is NOT mentioned(提及) in the passage?A.Whether there are differences between British English and American English.
B.Whether British English and American English are one language or two.
C.How the differences between British English and American English came about.
D.How important the differences are.
【小题4】Most ______say “Do you have a watch?”A.British peopleB.AmericansC.childrenD.teachers
【小题5】According to this passage, British people and Americans have ______ difficulty in understanding each other.A.littleB.muchC.someD.great
【小题1】B 从第二段中Americans say “in the hospital” and “Do you have a pen?”. Americans say “in the hospital” and “Do you have a pen?”.可推知。
【小题1】A 解析 本文第三段意在指明：尽管英式英语和美式英语在几个方面有些不同，但大体来说它们仍同属一种语言。所以说英国人和美国人相互理解起来也没有多大的困难。