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Flags - PLEASE can't you fix it?

It has taken me a couple of weeks to finally figure out that I didn't register wrong - you are actually using the USA flag to represent English! Please, please, please, can't you change it to show either the English flag or the UK flag instead?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/tcgriffin
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US English and UK English are all dialects of one language, English, and the English flag is the logical representation of that. Just as the Spanish and Portuguese flags are for Spanish and Portuguese, even though more people may speak Latin American dialects. As an Irish citizen, this is isn't chauvinism for me. As a site with a global user and contributor base, Duolingo shouldn't privilege any one dialect.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HolyT
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Actually, as of now (October 2014), the Portuguese language icon has the flag of Brazil.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyanDevlin1

I agree. Almost all websites use the Union Flag (British Flag, aka Union Jack) to represent all English languages. I think Duolingo should stick to the default and not try to be edgy. Just use the British flag.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Topmast
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Half/half makes more sense and would make us all happy.

This is a small issue, however I don't think Americans understand that it's an important one to many of us in the rest of the Anglosphere.

Russian is spoken by Russians (and named so for that reason). German is spoken by Germans ... French is spoken by the French ... Norwegian is spoken by Norwegians ... Polish is spoken by Polish ... Italian is spoken by Italians ... Greek is spoken by Greeks ... Turkish is spoken by the Turkish ... Portuguese is spoken by the Portuguese ... Vietnamese is spoken by the Vietnamese ... English is spoken by the ? ...

Variants are titled so: Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish, American English etc.

I am an Australian that has spent a lot of time in New Zealand and I have never seen an Australian or New Zealand flag used to represent the English language (and would be embarrassed if I did).

The overwhelming majority of people that I know (be they European, Asian or from the Commonwealth) all find it arrogant when the US flag is used to represent the English language. Even Americans tend to politely agree and tend to mention that they'd never given it any thought before.

A half/half flag should not only be used for English, but also Portuguese and Spanish with the original country in the upper hoist. Iconic/representative images can easily follow suit. Big Ben/Statue of Liberty etc.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
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As 1bimic said: Duolingo is based in the US, so it is the US English - UK English is accepted for the most part though some translations may be missing- it is up to UK English speakers to report any missing translations by using the report button in the lessons :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/af056

Ah, that makes some sense. I am learning German as an English speaker, so I didn't know that the English courses are teaching US English. I just hopped onto the German to English course to have a listen.

But nevertheless, I think that as the language is ENGLISH, the picture should match. They don't stick an Austrian flag on the German, or a Canadian flag on the French.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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They don't stick an Austrian flag on the German, or a Canadian flag on the French.

No. But were they to offer courses in Austrian German and Canadian French, I'm sure that those are the flags they would use.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankySka
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Not entirely true though: some of the flags are mixtures of several flags (edit: I think I read this some where but not sure anymore), and I believe the Portuguese flag is the one of Brazil :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Notters_BHAFC

At least half and half would be good

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/adam.irving0

How about changing the name of the language to 'American English' if that is the dialect you are (understandably) teaching?

There are enough differences - the picture of the Statue of Liberty would go a lot better with 'American English' rather than 'English'

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianBolzan

I agree completely. I believe there are more Spanish speakers in Mexico than Spain and yet the Spanish flag is used on the site correctly as the Spanish language originally came from Spain. The Flag that is traditionally associated with English is the Flag of Great Britain as the country consists of the original English speaking countries, England and Scotland respectively.

Also, I have yet another grievance. The USA spellings of English words are taught on this site. Despite the fact that many English speakers live in America these are simply the incorrect spellings because (apart from the Philipeanse) all other native English speaking countries write and speak in the proper English form. That is how the English do in England.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Have you seen the other pics they use? Do you think they let the Academie Francais pick the image to represent the English-speaking world? https://www.duolingo.com/courses/all

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carlos225698
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And how we can change it? It is very annoying to see it many times, i only want to know how we can change it? Who we have to tell?

8 months ago