"You say tomato and I say tomato..."
Bookstore or bookshop?
Wash up or do the dishes?
Pavement or sidewalk?
Cellphone or mobile?
And does it really matter?
Well, it doesn't as long as people understand what you mean, but it is quite interesting. It makes you think about language and words in particular, where do they come from and why do they change?
Have a look at the assignments below and choose one of them.
Assignment to be submitted - choose a, b or c:
A. The basic assignment: two tables with words and then something about spelling:
You are standing in Regent's park in London when an American couple walks up to you and asks for the subway. Since you have spent a couple of months in London you point to what you think is a subway. They are not amused. They want to go to Piccadilly circus, not cross under the street. You decide that next time you will be prepared!
"Put him in the trunk. Hurry, the police is on the way."
There's no key to this exercise, send in your questions to the newsgroup!
B. Writing: search for information and then submit a comment.
C. Writing: something that you've experienced
Have you ever experienced any problems (pronunciaton, choice of words etc.) yourself? Describe the situation and submit your text either to your tutor or to the project group.