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Well, a very important event is happening this weekend, another of the late Lady Diana Spencer sons will be getting married. And given Adept English is all about British English and not American English I thought we could make this weeks learn to speak English podcast about the wedding of an American and British couple.
Although I am sure, not many people are bothered if Meghan Markle has an American accent and uses American words I'm sure this will come up with Prince Harry's family being so posh.
The 500 most common English words are pretty much the same for the UK and the US, however there are some funny differences which are worth learning.
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So, are you all ready for the wedding that is going to take place next weekend? If you’re in the UK, it would be very difficult to miss what’s happening next weekend. And if you’re in a different country, well it probably depends whether or not weddings – and indeed royal weddings - are of interest to you?
I wonder if Meghan Markle Will Get A British Slang Dictionary As A Wedding Gift
Next weekend, on Saturday 19th May, our very own Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles, son of Diana Princess of Wales and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II is getting married. And I’m sure you know already, his bride-to-be (that means his future bride) is Meghan Markle, an American actress. Initially there was a lot written in the British newspapers about the fact that Meghan Markle is mixed race, she’s 36 and divorced. I guess in some ways, this is remarkable, but in others, in Britain’s multi-cultural society, it’s just pleasingly normal that people of mixed race come together and people divorce and re-marry.
I think that it’s helpful to the image of the royal family that such things are no longer an issue. This contrasts, I think, with Prince Charles marrying someone like Lady Diana Spencer, who was much younger, not so worldly-wise. Perhaps the choice of bride here was much more about the expectations of traditional royalists, so of course in the end, this marriage wasn’t a success. Charles was always much more suited to Mrs Parker Bowles – or the Duchess of Cornwall, as we know her now. That’s not to say that Diana didn’t do a wonderful job – I think she did a much better job of being a royal than many of the royals did back then!
And memories of Diana are partly why we are so affectionate for Princes William and Harry. Especially Harry. Probably because of the influence of his mother, he seems much more like a normal person, than people like Prince Charles or Princess Anne. William and Harry are down-to-earth. You also get the impression that they have fun and there’s a sense of humour.
Harry, like any young man has made mistakes, he’s had negative news stories. I think in the end, we just like him more for this – he’s been foolish at times, which most of us can relate to. And William and Harry seem genuinely to believe in charity and good causes. They know how to use their position to make good things happen. And they can relate to normal people. I think that this is almost entirely Diana’s influence. Apart from the queen to a degree, I don’t think the rest of the family are like this at all. Prince Charles especially seems remote and aloof by comparison.
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It Will Be Interesting To See if Meghan starts to get a British English accent
And Meghan Markle? Well, it’s difficult to know what sort of person she is. She looks very pretty – and I think that being 36 years old, and having more experience of life will mean that she has a better chance of making the adjustment to the role of being within the Royal Family. She seems very sweet – how sweet she is really underneath, I guess we’ll find out! And apparently, they are planning to have children quite quickly, so there will be some cousins for George, Charlotte and little Louis, who was born in April.
Given the Royal family is super posh I wonder if Meghan will have to learn British English pronunciation of American words
So next Saturday 19th at 12pm British Summer Time is the date and time. Will Meghan wear a white dress? Or will she go with tradition and wear a cream dress, because she’s been married before? What titles will be given to the couple on the day? Perhaps the Duke and Duchess of Sussex? Who knows? Windsor, where they are getting married is only half an hour’s drive from where I live, but I think I’ll see more of the wedding if I watch it on TV. It’ll be something to watch over lunch next Saturday. And if the FA Cup Final is more your thing – then don’t worry, that’s at 5.30pm! And if you don’t care about the royal wedding, then just use this podcast to practise your English language, as usual!
I expect the pronunciation of the English language, what words are used, American or British, or the accent is of little concern to either of the the happy couple or their families as they all prepare to be watched by millions of people on TV.
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
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