As writers and editors of the English language, you’ll get a task only to see that it is in Australian English, and you’re American. But English is all the same, right? Wrong! While Americans rent apartments while on vacation in 80 degree weather, Brits are renting flats on their holiday where it’s 35 degrees. Of course, most English speakers will be able to easily understand any of this and some points are quite finicky, but it’s important to be cognizant of these distinctions when you’re being paid to be!
While much of the essence of the language remains the same, it is important to be aware of stylistic and cultural differences in order to complete the task to the client’s satisfaction. It is difficult to document every difference, slang word, phrase, or cultural association, but there are some basic, categorical differences between the English of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Use our handy writer resources to help you navigate some of these language standards. And a bonus tip: If you can, change your spell check to the correct variant!