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?