The reason behind your choosing to learn the English language can really affect what dialect you end up speaking in. So if you want a job in the U.S., if you plan to move to England or maybe expand your business or travel through Australia you will lean towards the dialect of the land.
Why is this important?
While all three countries, located on three separate continents speak English, and people from those countries can easily understand each other, there are certain differences in grammar, spelling and vocabulary that could make a difference and that could affect your chances of getting a job, or even being understood properly.
Learning English in England
The mother of all English dialects. Considered by many to be the one truly correct form, standard U.K. English has its own particularities that can be hard to understand by most people and even English speakers from other continents. Aside from regional accents there are literally hundreds of words that may sound the same but be written differently. The most popular ones are the “re – er” reversal, with the classic example of centre versus center another popular difference is “our and or” like color and colour. Add to this dozens of grammar rules and scores of words that are specific to the land and “the queen’s English” may not be the best choice if you’re planning on going to the U.S. for example.
Learning English in Australia
Australian English is a tough sell and may be considered by many the hardest dialect to learn. It is also less popular than U.S. or U.K. English and has a huge number of local terms. Add to the different vocabulary an accent that can be hard to understand by most people, especially those that are just starting to learn English and Australian English can prove to be a hassle, an unnecessary one if you don’t plan on actually living/travelling through Australia.
Learning English in the U.S.
The most popular form of English, spread throughout the world with the help of countless TV shows, movies and the internet, U.S. English has its own set of particularities that make it its own entity. The biggest problem with U.S. English is the huge number of local dialects, accents and new words in terms of vocabulary so be prepared to hear a different form of English depending on where in the United States you want to use your new language.
Slowly Becoming Irrelevant
The thing about the particularities between these dialects and even other, less popular ones like Canadian, Jamaican and so on is that they are becoming less and less important as globalization is simply melting formerly unbreakable rules. All these forms of English are slowly becoming irrelevant as the internet, more and more world distributed TV shows and even the ease with which one can travel nowadays is simply forming a new all-encompassing language.
So the answer for someone who is not sure what form of English to learn is that it doesn’t matter. The way technology and globalization are shaping our world will mean that we will all understand what we’re saying regardless of what dialect of English we are speaking in.