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English flag

Why the flag of English language is the USA's flag? Why not the Britain's?

I am so curious to find out :)

June 21, 2017

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Espiraden

The US version of English is taught on here, so the USA flag is used.
Much like (Brazilian) Portuguese, the Brazilian flag is used.

Also, Duolingo is based in America, so i think that plays a major role in it :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristianofPeace

Because Duolingo teaches American English and is in America. They do the same with Portuguese. They use the Brazilian flag instead of the Portuguese flag because they teach Brazilian Portuguese.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

If that's their logic, I'm curious as to why they use the flag of Spain when the site teaches Latin American Spanish.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorel90

That is the logic for English, but you have a great point. There is no such a thing as a Latin American Spanish, so there is no one flag, that maybe the reason.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BelgianStr

Maybe because the Mexican flag looks too much like the Italian flag.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

There are lots of other countries in Latin America.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WahahaDrills

The flag for Guarani looks like the Dutch flag as much as the Mexican one looks like the Italian one. I don't think the similarity really matters much.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sphinx1824

I had read somewhere that they use the Spain flag for Spanish because there are so many Latin American countries and they didn't necessarily want to pick one over another, especially since many of the dialects are very similar.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sofia_Williams

Thank you, I did not know :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scilling

Because US English is taught.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zig_Zag_Wanderer

BTW, the flag would not be a British flag, but a United Kingdom (UK) flag. Britain is a geographic area, the UK is the nation. It consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, aka Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The flag is often referred to as the Union Jack, although technically is not really, but the usage has become common.

I thought that the US flag was used because there would be far more users from the US than the UK. I didn't realize US English was taught, but that makes sense too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jersebas

First part of your comment reminds me of this Youtube video =)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

Thank you very informative and so well done. I've bookmarked the whole playlist.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL

Just be aware that the information in the videos isn't completely reliable. He makes mistakes in his discussion of Ireland - he says that "both the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom are members of the European Union" which is factually incorrect - Ireland is a member of the European Union. (See the list of member countries on the EUs own website: http://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/countries_en).

Ireland is a Republic, and may be described as "The Republic of Ireland", but the actual name of the state, as used in all International organizations (such as the EU, the UN and the Olympic Organization) and treaties, is just "Ireland". This legal entity called "Ireland" doesn't encompass the whole geographic entity called Ireland, which my be confusing, but the whole point of the video is supposed to explain confusing labels - if he gets this wrong what else does he get wrong? (To his credit, he does refer to the "monkeys on Gibraltar" - while they are commonly called Apes, they are, in fact monkeys).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

At present, The UK is still a member of the EU. Is there an error in stating that "The Republic of Ireland" is a member of the EU when it is listed as "Ireland" I think not since it is not uncommon in non-official usage to refer to it as such and it helps distinguish it from Northern Ireland. It is clearly stated that Northern Ireland is a part of the UK. I don't see any confusion. And yes I do know about the two Irelands.

I found the video cleverly presented in a way that would attract people not generally interested in geographic fact presentations and am planning to use it in EFL classes.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaye16

Well, the error seems to be well established and certainly not a cause for so much indignation. My comment stated "non-official" usage. Here are a few other confused utterances:

difference [here])https://www.11v11.com/teams/northern-ireland/tab/opposingTeams/opposition/Republic%20of%20Ireland/) belfast telegraph tripadvisor


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL

The England/Britain error is equally well established.

The only one demonstrating indignation is you, I'm simply pointing out that "the information in the videos isn't completely reliable". I've made it clear that I have no idea how many other errors are in this video, or any other videos in the series, but you seem driven to defend your initial expression of satisfaction with the quality of the videos, after it has been pointed out that they aren't as reliable as you initially thought they were. It's the kind of shorthand that is actually helpful in other circumstances, but in a video that is explicitly about correcting misconceptions about correct political/geographical terminology, it's a fairly significant error.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RandomTed

Because it is made by a USA company, based in the USA, and teaching the type of English spoken in the USA.

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