So I heard this joke once...
Q: What do you call someone who speaks two languages? A: Bilingual.
Q: What do you call someone who speaks three languages? A: Trilingual.
Q: What do you call someone who speaks one language? A: American.
1: Nothing in this sentence indicates that only Americans speak English, or that Americans speak only English.
2: "Amerikanere" (and "Americans") can be used to refer to both people from the United States of America and people from the continent America.
We don't need twenty posts about how offended everyone feels.
Americans is more general. "The americans" would be a specific groups, for example the team representing the US at the Olympics.
And then, if I want to refer to a specific group , how would I say it?
Yes, my confusion was caused by the audio feature. I hear a 'yuh' sound in the recording but have heard the hard 'g' in conversation. Thanks for your help!
If you see that again in the audio, you can always report it. After you answer the question, before clicking next, down in the bar saying that you are correct/what you did wrong it will leave and option to report an issue. Other wise, np ^^
The "ng" letter combination is, in the audio, transformed into what I think is called the velar nasal [ŋ] in linguistics, or perhaps even the long velar nasal [ŋŋ].
It's quite regular, but follows a pattern common for nouns ending in -er in their base form. These only get an -e added in the plural rather than the -er.
But...couldn´t Americans also speak French, Spanish or Portuguese? I mean, America is a continent...
Når ej var i Norge folk fortalt mej at amerikanere snakker amerikansk og ikkje engelsk.
Du kan si "amerikansk" også, særlig om du ønsker å poengtere at det er en distinksjon mellom "amerikansk" og "britisk", men ellers vil "engelsk" være mer vanlig.