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New Quiz: Is Your English British Or American?

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Do you speak a more American or British English?

Are you fascinated by small differences in English? I am. I grew up in a very American household, but my grandma had learned a more British English in Europe when she was growing up. Needless to say, there was some disagreement on what word one should use for certain things 😉 Even Mr. Blogthings and I have a different vocabulary from growing up in different areas of the United States – but I suppose that’s another quiz for another time.

There are so many ways to categorize the type of English any of us speak, but I thought it would be fun to look at American vs British. I’ve noticed that it’s very trendy for some Americans to adopt Britishisms… I wonder if it works the other way in Britain as well. (If it does, let me know!) Some people simply like British words, which I admit to my American ears sound pretty great. (“Loo”, for example, is a lot classier than “toilet.”) I’ve also noticed people using British spellings that are American, which I guess is okay too – but I would just get confused if I try it. We can probably blame this trend on Downton Abbey, right?

So which do you speak? American or British English? Take my latest quiz to find out: Is Your English British Or American? And as always, comment below to let me know what you got 🙂

Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):

  1. What do you get on Is Your English British Or American? Is it true for you?
  2. What sort of words do you like to borrow from other English speaking countries?
  3. How has your English been influenced, if at all, by a region other than where you grew up? (I’m thinking of having relatives from different areas, liking certain films, etc as contributors.)
  4. Take What Kind of American English Do You Speak? What do you think of your result?

Quiz: What Language Should You Learn?

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What language should you learn next?

Do you speak any languages other than English? I know at least a few of you do. Growing up, I was always fascinated by foreign languages. I speak a little of some languages – French and Spanish primarily. I understand a bit of a few like Norwegian and German as well 🙂 If I was independently wealthy, I could imagine devoting a life to learning so many languages. I find them to be so interesting!

Even though I’m not technically fluent in any of the languages I know, I’m always on the lookout for a new language to learn. I’m addicted to learning bit and pieces of languages, especially those similar to the ones I know already. I get a big kick out of seeing how Italian relates to French or how Portuguese relates to Spanish. I admit that I’m such a geek about this. Languages are a great way to travel without leaving your house, and it’s easier than ever to pick up a few words of something now that the internet is around.

Are you like me and eager to learn new languages? You might appreciate my quiz: What Language Should You Learn? Let me know below what you get on this one and what you think about learning languages.

Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):

  1. What do you get on What Language Should You Learn? Is it true for you?
  2. What languages (if any) do you speak other than English? How well?
  3. If you could learn any language instantly, which would you choose?
  4. Did you grow up with an language other than English being spoke at home?
  5. Do you have a great way or resource for learning a language that you’d like to share?

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How American is Your English?

Do you speak American English?

If you’re a fan of Blogthings, that means you at least speak some English. And from what I’ve seen from Blogthings fans, you probably speak English fluently – even if it isn’t your native language. But as we all know, there are many flavors of English. Two fluent speakers can have trouble understanding one another from time to time. Some of us speak a more British, Australian, Canadian, or international flavor of English. And even within the US there are differences – Mr. Blogthings and I have vastly different terms for some things from growing up in different parts of the country.

I love the diversity of the English language. It always delights me to learn about the subtle vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation differences throughout the world. For example, I definitely prefer the British pronunciation of “glacier” and the letter “z.” And I think there’s little that’s more fun than Australian slang! I may speak American English, but I appreciate how inclusive, fun, and flexible English is as a general language. We all speak it a little differently, and that’s cool!

I was inspired to write a quiz to see how much American English influences how Blogthings users speak: How American is Your English? I’m curious to see how people from differing American countries do on this quiz as well as how Americans do. Which country (besides the United States) speaks the most American English? Which country speaks the least American English? Also, I’m looking to write more English language quizzes, so let me know what sort of topics you’d like to see in the future.

Since I’m American, it’s no surprise my English is solidly of the American kind. What about you? Where are you from, and what kind of English do you speak? Comment below and let me know how you score on: How American is Your English?

What Language Is Calling Your Name?

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There’s something magical about a language we weren’t born knowing. Everything sounds a little more poetic or a little more interesting. Even if you don’t speak any languages other than English, I bet there’s a foreign language that you love to listen to.

To learn what language is most like your personality, take my latest quiz: What Language Are You?

You may be inspired to learn a whole new language… or simply travel to a new country.