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    A-US or American English is not the only special variety of English.Each area of the English-speaking world has developed its own special characteristics. This is usually mainly a matter of vocabulary and pronunciation. This unit just gives you a small taste of some of the different varities of English by drawing your attention to vocabulary used in various English-speaking regions. You may come across many of the words covered in the unit in your own reading, viewing or listening
    B- Australian English
    Australian English is particularly interesting for its rich store of highly colloquial words and expressions . Australian colloquialisms often involve shortening a word. Sometimes the ending '-ie' or'-o' is then added, e.g. a truckie is 'a truck or lorry-driver' and a milko delivers the milk ; beaut, short for 'beautiful' means 'great' and biggie is 'a big one'. Oz is short for Australia and an Aussie is Australian

    C-Indian English
    Indian English, on the other hand, is characterized by sounding more formal than British English. It has retained, in everyday usage, words that are found more in the classics of nineteenth century literature than in contemporary TV programs, e.g. The bereaved are condoled and the Prime Minister is felicitated on his or her birthday. An Indian might complain of a pain in his bosom (rather than his chest) and an Indian bandit is referred to as a miscreant

    D-Scottish English
    Scottish English use a number of special dialect words. Some of the more common of these are worth learning
    Ben=mountain
    To mind= to remember
    Lassie=girl
    Out with=outside
    Kirk=church
    Stay=live
    Wee= small
    Bonny=beautiful
    Brae= bank (of river)
    Janitor=caretaker
    Ken=know
    Burn=stream

    E-Black English
    Black English is the term used to refer to the English which originated in the Caribbean islands and is now also spoken in many parts of the UK, Canada and the USA. Listed below are some words which are characteristic of Black English but are used in other varieties of English. Many are particularly associated with the music world
    Dig=understand
    Pad=bed
    Jam=improvise
    Rap=street-talk
    Chick=girl
    Beat=exhausted
    Square=dull

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