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Well, I see that I will need an interpreter when I visit the British Isles. I expected it in Scotland, but this has been an eye opener.I'll just have to keep watching "Doc Martin" and listen closely.
God forbid you should come to Cardiff, Wales. I moved to Cardiff in 1981 and being a Lancashire lad born in Bolton in 't NorthWest o England not far from the fictional Coronation Street i had some difficulties.Of course we speak the Queens English but when you here things like :Where to is it.orTen sheets a pound your christmas wraporLook You nowYou will be in a right quandary.Wycliffe

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My mother was from Norwich and had one of the "milder" dialects. I've heard the Welsh. You're right---it is a test to follow them.

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Hi Viperpilot and boeing247, Sorry you’ve completely lost me with your explanation. As I see it [ maybe other Brits will help me out here ], the expression relates to a specific situation, hypothetical or otherwise. E.g. A Chelsea supporter [ English soccer team] says to me ‘ I hope we win the Cup this year’, I would reply ‘I could not care less’ - which would imply [ correctly] that it would be impossible for me to be less concerned about their fortunes – in other words it is of no interest to me. If I replied ‘ I could care less ‘ [which I have never heard a Brit say anyway ], it would be taken to mean that it would be possible for me to be less concerned- which to me makes no sense in any context. I have just given myself a headache thinking this through and am going for a lie down in a darkened room ! Boeing247, I think we do use the correct definition of irony over here, as a good deal of our humour is based on it. Are the people you refer to English [ i.e by nationality] teachers or teachers of English ? Regards..Stuart

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Are the people you refer to English [ i.e by nationality] teachers or teachers of English ?
Teachers of the English language, and the same goes for any other language (Spanish, French, etc...). We'd say "Teacher from ______". (If the teacher was from England, we'd probably say "British Teacher", but that would technically also apply to a teacher from Scotland or Wales)

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...I have just given myself a headache thinking this through and am going for a lie down in a darkened room !Regards..Stuart
Stuart,Didn't mean to give you a headache there... just playing with you and words is all. No harm done, and I hope no harm caused. :smile:Alan

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No problem Alan,I was joking about the headache [ just my ironic sense of humour ], I find all languages and their use fascinating.Have a good one........Stuart

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And we all have the nerve to say:" I don't understand why non-English speakers have such a problem with our language."

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And we all have the nerve to say:" I don't understand why non-English speakers have such a problem with our language."
My favorite scenario is "If they don't understand what you're saying, just say it LOUDER and SLOWER!"Gud ting I lernt Spanesh wen I wuz a litel kyd. Et wuz tha onley wey I culd speek to are neybor uhkros tha streat an git sum grean chiley to eet. MMMMM! :P

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Makes me laugh when I hear Americans on the Xbox tell me I've said something incorrectly, let us not forget that it is we Brits that made the language....

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Do you really want to take the blame for the English language all alone?................. LOL, Viper! Been there.

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In lesson two, we will be introducing adverbs...Al


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Let's not forget where the English language originates though,
Germany, France and Italy, with a brief visit by Scandinavia...Though I do wonder about verandah, and bungalow.
Loose power would be a joy to behold.
Nicer than having to behold loose vowels. Edited by Dave_Morgan

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In lesson two, we will be introducing adverbs...
Oh no! Is that like ad-ware?
But not as nice as 'lose[sic] women'
'Loose' women don't mean to be that way; they're just... eager. And, if you look like I do, you'd 'lose' women all the time, too!

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Yeah, like that habit of my British friends of throwing gratuitous and irrelevant vowels into perfectly innocent words grates with me...LOL.gif
But we invented the words Bill! :lol: .... there they're just on permanent loan to you! :lol:I often make a business trip that takes me into the US North Eastern Seaboard, then up to Ontario and Novo Scotia, and I have to admit, whereas the colors of New England are spectacular, it's always lovely getting over the Canadian border, and seeing the colours of the maple leaves. :smile: ...ie it's nice when the spellings become familiar again.

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