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?

10 replies on “How American is Your English?”

My English is somewhat Americanized.
That’s probably because I don’t live in an English speaking country; and being born and raised in a country of former European colony, I was taught more ‘British-ish’ English in school. But I guess all those Hollywood movies I loved to watch influenced my English quite a bit, too… 😉

Your English is Totally Americanized

“No doubt about it, you’re a total red blooded American. Or at least you talk like one.
You probably learned your English in the good ole USA, and no one would dare mistake you for a Brit.”

Yes, I’ve lived in the US my entire life.

“As far as you’re concerned, “lift” is a verb. And you’re not even sure what “bullocks” means.”

Haha! I do sometimes use ‘lift’ as a verb, but I have also heard the word ‘bullocks’ used many times.

“And someone couldn’t pay you enough to eat a courgette. That just sounds like a fancy french shoe to you!”

That’s not true! I’m very open-minded, and I’ll try this courgette at least once. Provided that it is indeed edible food, and not a french shoe. 😉

I think it’s an eggplant. I probably put it in there because it’s my second least favorite vegetable (least favorite: okra), though sometimes I love it. Depends on how it’s prepared.

I got Totally Americanized English, of course, because I was born and raised in the US. That being said, my English does have a little bit of quirkiness to it, although I try not to let it show online. My mom was the first one in her family born in the US, and the European part of my family is prone to Britishisms a bit 🙂

Haha! Well, it’s an old habit. My first job out of college was working as a copywriter / copyeditor, so I ended up being a person whose writing doesn’t match her speech 🙂

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