The English Dialect Project

Articles: to help you understand English dialects, and communicate better within an English-speaking country.

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What are English Dialects?

English is a global language spoken by millions of people around the world, with different regions developing their own unique dialects. Understanding the differences between English dialects is important for learners of English, particularly those who have moved to a new region with a different dialect. In this blog post, we will explore the history and reasons behind the differences between English dialects, including British English, American English, and Australian English.

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The Movement to Standardize American English

English is a constantly evolving language, with new words and spellings being added and old ones being forgotten. In the United States, there was a movement in the early 20th century to standardize American English, which aimed to simplify spellings and vocabulary. In this blog post, we will explore the history, key figures, and impact of this movement on American English.

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The Development of the Australian Dictionary

Australian English has evolved separately from British English and American English, with a unique vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation. The development of the Australian dictionary reflects this evolution, providing a comprehensive record of the language and the culture that has shaped it. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the history of the Australian dictionary, including how it was developed, why it was created, and its impact on the language and culture of Australia.

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About the English Dialect Project

Hi there! This project was created as a free resource to help learners and translators of the English language, as well as people who have relocated to a different English-speaking region. Images on this website are from copyright-free sources.

The English Dialect Project does not include the dialects' similar words that are spelled differently (e.g. with a "z" or an "s"), but it does include words that are spelled SO differently that the number of syllables in the word has changed (e.g. "aeroplane" vs. "airplane").

The content of this website has been curated by me: Claire. Many of these words I have learned during my years living in USA and in Australia. I'm a digital product designer based in New York, and sometimes I take on freelance web design projects - if you're interested in hiring me (or contributing to this project), please contact me via LinkedIn.

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