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Re: Which language you like most?

#21 Unread post by JVRR » Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:01 am

American English, which is ridiculously different than British English. I spent a little over a month in Russia, and I think with my limited Russian I had an easier time understanding Russian than everyone speaking British English :D (I was one of only two Americans, everyone else spoke foreigner's English, which tends to be heavily British :D).

I'm sorry, I'll never do anything at the weekend! :D

So anyway, English, a little Russian, and I surprised myself occasionally with my Spanish, purely on a listening capacity (no more speaky!).
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Re: Which language you like most?

#22 Unread post by sunshine229 » Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:21 pm

JVRR wrote:American English, which is ridiculously different than British English. I spent a little over a month in Russia, and I think with my limited Russian I had an easier time understanding Russian than everyone speaking British English :D (I was one of only two Americans, everyone else spoke foreigner's English, which tends to be heavily British :D).

I'm sorry, I'll never do anything at the weekend! :D

So anyway, English, a little Russian, and I surprised myself occasionally with my Spanish, purely on a listening capacity (no more speaky!).
Yeah, British English is definitely different than North American!

In our travels we've learned that foreigners who meet English speaking people cannot easily understand a Brit's English vs. North American English. I've had to "translate" British into North American a few times... :laughing:

But, as I've said before, it all "swings in roundabouts"!

(How's that one for ya?)
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Re: Which language you like most?

#23 Unread post by Kingshead » Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:32 pm

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#24 Unread post by badinfluence63 » Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:52 am

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#25 Unread post by Kingshead » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:04 am

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#26 Unread post by badinfluence63 » Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:31 am

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Re: Which language you like most?

#27 Unread post by JVRR » Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:26 am

sunshine229 wrote: Yeah, British English is definitely different than North American!

In our travels we've learned that foreigners who meet English speaking people cannot easily understand a Brit's English vs. North American English. I've had to "translate" British into North American a few times... :laughing:

But, as I've said before, it all "swings in roundabouts"!

(How's that one for ya?)
No idea what that one means :lol:. It was real funny getting my first in-depth introduction to British English (not counting 20 hours in London) while training to be an English teacher, getting trained in a Cambridge program by a native Brit and native Rus (as with all foreigners some sort of amalgamation of mostly British with a little American lol).

The two that stick with me the most are "at the weekend," and in London the use of "schemes," in America you would never use "schemes" with a positive connotation!
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Re: Which language you like most?

#28 Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:37 am

Definately have a lot of strange "Queens English" here in the UK. I find (from a Canadian perspective) that we Canadians seem to use a combination of American and British English with Canadian mixed in. Some words here in the UK are pronounced like American's do others like Canadians do and others are just strangely pronounced. Like: Bottle, is said in the UK: BoTT-el rather than: Bodtle

I used the term "You snooze you lose" on Friday with a group of UK'ers and they never heard that before... haha.

For language you like most? I like the sound of harder languages like Russian and German, they sound like you are making a point when you talk.

Language you like least? Chinese and Japanese asian type. So complex and it sounds like a run-on sentance and they are just angry/shouting at each other.


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Re: Which language you like most?

#29 Unread post by sv-wolf » Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:13 pm

sunshine229 wrote: But, as I've said before, it all "swings in roundabouts"!

(How's that one for ya?)
Blimey, that's a bit puzzling, Sunshine. I think what you have actually heard Brits saying is: "its all swings and roundabouts." (Kinda makes your point, doesn't it?)

Yep, British English is different from North American English.

But hey, we all spell it equally badly! We have something in common after all.

Forget the queen's English, hev yee tried te get yer heed roond Geordie or Brummie or Scouse yet? Try this for Geordie:

http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/sound ... and/byker/

or this for Dorset:

http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/sound ... portesham/
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Re: Which language you like most?

#30 Unread post by QuietMonkey » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:27 pm

hmm, kinda strange reading all these postings... because my first thought is non-verbal, non-written language...

I find the subtleties (and not so subtle things) with the actions and gestures of body language, are definitely the most interesting language of all... they often betray or emphasize peoples "other half". I often see a balanced personality, or imbalances in various things; controlled actions, true intentions, etc.. and these sometimes subconcious actions require a different way of communicating in return. There are all sorts of neat clues to the depth and personality of people, and unfortunately this communication is missing from forums.

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Re: Which language you like most?

#31 Unread post by sunshine229 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:11 am

JVRR wrote:The two that stick with me the most are "at the weekend," and in London the use of "schemes," in America you would never use "schemes" with a positive connotation!
:laughing:
When we first moved here we went to the Birmingham bike show and one of the booths tried to sell us on an "insurance scheme" they had. :shock: They didn't pick up on our facial expressions but once we figured out what was going on we said "OHHH.. You mean scheme in a good way!"
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Re: Which language you like most?

#32 Unread post by sunshine229 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:15 am

sunshine229 wrote: But, as I've said before, it all "swings in roundabouts"!
sv-wolf wrote: Blimey, that's a bit puzzling, Sunshine. I think what you have actually heard Brits saying is: "its all swings and roundabouts." (Kinda makes your point, doesn't it?)
OMG!!!! :shock: This is what happens when you hear sayings but don't know exactly what is being said! Definitely, case in point!!!

You know what else through me for a loop? When someone asked if I was going to pick up some "Kendall mint cake" on our drive through the lake district. I said, "did you just ask me for some "kendallmingache"? :laughing:

It still happens quite regularly in the office that someone has to say "What did you just say?", whether that's me or them speaking!
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#33 Unread post by Ralph P Perry » Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:49 pm

I don't have a favorite language, but I have a dream that I turned into my goal - I want to learn a new language every year. Since the beginning of this year, I have already begun to master the Italian language, which is difficult for me. But I hope that I will succeed.

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#34 Unread post by Miles_Ha11 » Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:07 pm

I don't have a favorite language, but I prefer British English.

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#35 Unread post by DenverD » Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:23 am

Ralph P Perry wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:49 pm
I don't have a favorite language, but I have a dream that I turned into my goal - I want to learn a new language every year. Since the beginning of this year, I have already begun to master the Italian language, which is difficult for me. But I hope that I will succeed.
This is a cool goal. Good luck with its implementation. I don't have a favorite language, but there are languages ​​that are very difficult for me to learn - Arabic and Chinese. I need it to work. I realized my dream and got a job in a large international company as a manager of foreign economic activity, my department cooperates with Arab countries. I found a review of the best Arabic translation services on https://pickwriters.com/arabic-translation-services and chose a company I regularly work with to translate documents from our Arabic suppliers. But I plan to learn this language because I want to move up the career ladder and I want to travel to negotiations in Dubai. I hope I succeed.

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