We say tomato and they say tomato. (It’s hard to tell this difference in writing.)
We drink coffee instead of tea.
We play baseball instead of cricket.
We put the period inside the quotation mark and they put it outside.
It’s the same with the comma:
But, as the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, America followed England's lead in placing the semi-colons outside the quotation marks.
Madonna said, "Come here love and give us a Frenchy"; then she leaned in for the kiss.
Britney Spears said, "Madonna, I didn't know you were British"; then she gave Madonna a Frenchy.