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Americans learning to speak English at last. :)
« on: October 18, 2012, 12:55:08 PM »
30 of your Britishisms used by American

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19929249

We don't have the problem in OZ, we speak Australian dialect English which foreigners simply would not understand.  :P
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Re: Americans learning to speak English at last. :)
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2012, 10:34:14 PM »
Hi Hutch,
Their trying to make Spanish the main or a dual language
in America. I say nuts to this.
We started with English and need to stay with English IMHO.

It would take me years just to learn to say G'day in Australian :biggrin:

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Re: Americans learning to speak English at last. :)
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2012, 10:44:25 PM »
Do you think in USA when you say America? If I am not wrong, recently they named English the official language in USA.

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Re: Americans learning to speak English at last. :)
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2012, 10:52:35 PM »
Their trying to
They are trying to

At least here in the Forum we should stick to English :biggrin:

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Re: Americans learning to speak English at last. :)
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2012, 11:03:14 PM »
Yeah, god shave the queen :t

Ha ha, maybe noone can understand the joke if I don't say that I'm Spanish...
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2012, 03:18:49 AM »
And my spanglish sounds like my portunhol.
When I was young, I learned French, after, spanish, today, english, what comes next? Maybe time to improve Esperanto?

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Re: Americans learning to speak English at last. :)
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2012, 03:36:36 AM »
What about Chinese, is the language of the future, perhaps of the present. Some people say that it is not so difficult, but I can't find anything that I am able to read.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2012, 04:14:06 AM »
chinese is not easy to learn, I think is the most difficult language of the world, have words that simple does not exist in others language. And, they have 3 variations i think, cantonese, mandarin and chinese by itself.
Yes, to commerce today we should learn chinese, they have a nice culture too that we should learn. If my memory is good, they have created binary system, that was rediscovered by Europe years after.

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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2012, 05:22:01 AM »
Hi Hutch,
Their trying to make Spanish the main or a dual language
in America. I say nuts to this.

That’s just nonsense! Perhaps in some of the southern and western states Spanish is spoken but it’s hardly being seen as a main language except by those that are prejudiced against Spanish speaking people. Ignorance never ceases to amaze me!

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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2012, 05:25:38 AM »
30 of your Britishisms used by American

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19929249

We don't have the problem in OZ, we speak Australian dialect English which foreigners simply would not understand.  :P

Steve,

You should hear some of the slang that comes out of a Pennsylvanians mouth.

Some butcherings of regular words:
 
Acoustic = Ah-cue-stick
Afghan = Af-uh-gahn
Aluminum = Al-oo-num-in
Arthritis = Arth-er-eye-tis
Beautiful = Byew-dee-fuhl
Breakfast = Breff-iss
Downtown = Dahn-tahn
Doughnut = Doe-nit
Error = Ear
Field = Filld
Flexible = Flex-uh-kul
Garage = Gaarj
Hour = Ahr
House = Hahs
Ignorant = Ig-nurnt
Interesting = In-ur-es-tin
Lousy = Lah-see
Legal = Liggle
Natural = Nachurl
Out = Aht
Pretty = Priddy
Quart = Coort
Refridgerator = Frige-dare
Regular = Reg-uh-lur
Steelers = Stillers
Technical = Tet-ni-kal
Wash = Worsh
You = Yinz

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Re: Americans learning to speak English at last. :)
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2012, 06:38:53 AM »
oh yes - correct pronunciation is hard sometimes: (italian in malta - have phun)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAFQFvSPhQ8

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Re: Americans learning to speak English at last. :)
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2012, 07:04:48 AM »
Bill,

This is actually interesting stuff, east coast US accents probably preserve many of the earliest accents that evolved from early settlement by Europeans. I know where most of ours come from as I have heard a lot of old people here in OZ over my lifetime and very early recordings and you can map change over time.

Something that was interesting was a recent technical repair of the sound in an 1878 Edison recording. It was a bit difficult to hear but the accent was different to what you would describe as a modern American accent. A classic middle 20th century American accent was the recording made when the Hindenburg exploded at Lakehurst, New Jersey yet it is different to modern American accents.
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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2012, 09:01:55 AM »
Steve, here's what we sound like over here in Western Pa. :biggrin:

http://www.quickersoft.com/examples/Pittsburghese.mp3

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« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2012, 08:41:16 AM »
oh yes - correct pronunciation is hard sometimes: (italian in malta - have phun)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAFQFvSPhQ8
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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2012, 09:03:06 AM »
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Bill,

Funny part is I understand all of it, probably seen so many American movies over time that I partly understand the dialect.  :P
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