https://www.duolingo.com/Sofia_Williams

English flag

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

I am so curious to find out :)

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/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 :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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If that's their logic, I'm curious as to why they use the flag of Spain when the site teaches Latin American Spanish.

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BelgianStr
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Maybe because the Mexican flag looks too much like the Italian flag.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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There are lots of other countries in Latin America.

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sofia_Williams
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Thank you, I did not know :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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Because US English is taught.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sofia_Williams
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You mean that Duolingo teaches American English? But to whom?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vc120
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To non English speakers in many languages.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sofia_Williams
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But we can type both American and British, I think it has another reason :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RosieStrawberry

America is bigger and American is more spoken, and probably the one they teach you is American (like with Spanish: you may answer both South American or Spanish, but they pronounce it the South American way).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BelgianStr
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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sofia_Williams
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Yeah, I understood, but sweetie America's greatness is irrelevant to Duolingo :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

That wasn't always the case.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pollyperki
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1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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What other reason? I can't imagine.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Huda_2005

how old are you

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jersebas
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First part of your comment reminds me of this Youtube video =)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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Thank you very informative and so well done. I've bookmarked the whole playlist.

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SatharnPHL
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I'm well aware that the UK is still a member of the UK. That's not the error in the statement that "both the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom are members of the European Union".

The simple fact of the matter is that there is no State named "The Republic of Ireland". The name of the State is "Ireland", and the person who made the video apparently doesn't know this - so how many other mistakes did he make? I've no idea, because I've never really looked into the legal status of the Channel Islands, for example, but I would not rely on this video for guidance, precisely because I know that he made a mistake about Ireland. And if I know that I can't trust the "facts" that he is presenting, why bother wasting time watching the rest of the video?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jaye16
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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

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RandomTed

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

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotPearl

If you ask that, you may as well ask why not the Canadian flag : ) It's because the main English they use is US English.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pollyperki
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May be because of american dialect imperialism.

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What scilling said.

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Best answer.

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