American voice-over production made simple
As an established American International voice-over agency, Matinée Multilingual has been providing a professional American Voice-Over Service and American Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best American voice-over talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or IVR, we’ll help you select the best American voice-over talent for the job. We can record wild or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice, same day, via FTP. We can also lay-back the audio onto your video, and re-work the captions where necessary.
To check the availability of our voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the quick Quote form opposite, and we'll respond within one hour. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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A short history of the American language
American English is the version of English that is spoken and written in the United States of America. It evolved as a result of the English colonisation of North America that began in the 17th century.
The main difference between American English and British English is in pronunciation, although there are also variations in grammar and vocabulary.
American English is standardised across the United States, with a series of distinct dialects that vary across regions of the country. These dialects developed as settlers from different parts of Britain (eg Scotland), as well as from other countries (eg Germany, Ireland, Spain), spread across the country. The language has also been influenced by the Native American population.
The first major American dictionary was written in 1828. The publication of ‘An American Dictionary of the English Language’ was a big step forward in distinguishing the English language used in the United States from that used in Britain. Read more
Which countries have American as a national language? How many people speak American as their first language?
There are actually no official languages at federal level in the United States. However, around 80% of the population – over 250 million people – speak English as their first language, so it is effectively the country’s national language.
The influence of American English on English speakers throughout the world has been huge, particularly through American films, music and TV programmes.
Did you know…
- American English retained many Middle or Early Modern English words, which have since been largely lost to the modern British English language. These include fall (for autumn), diaper and candy.
- There is a distinct disposition to use nouns as verbs in American English, that has become widespread among other English speakers, eg advocate, lobby, transition, leverage, profile, gift, showcase, exit and vacation.
- A standard American accent, free from regional influences, is referred to as General American.
- Settlers borrowed Native American names for the ‘new’ plants and animals that they came across – eg raccoon and moose.
- Other examples of words borrowed from foreign languages, following immigration in the 19th and early 20th century, include bagel, chutzpah (Yiddish), hamburger and kindergarten (German).
The American economy
The United States has the largest national economy in the world, and has done since at least the 1890s. The country’s nominal GDP (as estimated at June 2013) is approximately a quarter of the entire nominal global GDP.
Despite the 2007/2008 financial crisis, the United States still has high productivity and relatively low unemployment. It has plenty of natural resources, and is the second largest producer of natural gas in the world, and the third largest producer of oil.
The country’s top five trading partners are Canada, China, Mexico, Japan and Germany. It is the world’s largest manufacturer, producing a fifth of the total global output. Around a quarter of the world’s 500 largest companies have their headquarters in the United States.