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British vs American EnglishWhen teaching english one of the most common problems stems from the teacher's natively spoken "version" of english compared to the "version" of english that needs to be taught. American and British english differ a lot in spelling but not so much in grammar. Subtle differences such as "half an hour" compared to "a half hour" occur but are easy to understand. In spelling, there are the omittance of "u" such as "colour/color" and "honour/honor", the reversal of -re in words such as "centre/center" and "theatre/theater" and the -ise/-ize endings such as "realise/realize" and "organise/organize". In terms of vocabulary, there are times when the same word or phrase can hold different meanings, such as the "first floor" in British english would refer to the second floor in American. There are other times when the same meaning has two completely different words. A beginner