专四听写训练88：American and British English
Language experts say that spoken English was almost the same in the American colonies and Britain. Americans began to change the sound of their speech after the Revolutionary War in 1776. They wanted to separate themselves from the British in language as they had separated themselves from the British government.Webster published The American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828. It established rules for speaking and spelling the words used in American English.
The different languages of the immigrants who came to the United States also helped make American English different from British English. Many foreign words and expressions became part of English as Americans speak it.
Sometimes Americans and British people do not understand each other because of different word meanings. For example, a “wastebasket” in America is a “dustbin” in Britain. French fried potatoes in the United States are called “chips” in Britain. All these differences led British writer George Bernard Shaw to joke that Britain and America are two countries separated by the same language.