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Old 12-28-2020, 10:26 AM
Location: SE UK
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Originally Posted by irish_bob View Post
whether it meets any official formal definition is irrelevant

" australian english "

" kiwi english "

" american english "

" irish english "

all are commonly accepted as having different variations of the language
As you are an Irishman I can happily say your post was beautifully written in English - the kind spoken in England, (just like every post on here). This is why I have had no problems whatsoever understanding EVERY SINGLE post written on this site, trust me there is only the one English language, the one from England. Of course 'Americans' try to lay some kind of claim to the language, that's what many Americans are like, but I'm afraid they (like Australians) are simply speaking English.
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Old 01-24-2021, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by saibot View Post
You are correct that people in all those countries speak mutually intelligible dialects of the same language. We know that we all speak English because we easily communicate with each other. However, "American English" is shorthand for "the dialect of English that is the standard spoken and written language in the United States." That's understood. Some people specifically want to learn that dialect.

What we don't need is one group claiming that their dialect is by default the one correct "English language" because "they invented it" (actually, that would have been their ancestors, who were common ancestors of the world's other English-speakers as well), and another group assuming that their greater numbers make their dialect superior. You didn't do this, but many people do.
These arent even dialects, just different accents , dialect would be more like Jamaican English, or English based pidgins/creoles
Also i dont like when people make linguistic group arguments,i think Spanish would be easier to learn English speakers than German, since German has much more complicated grammar.
My first language obviously isnt English, so i understand pretty much all the accents,but Scottish accent is hardest to understand
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