What do you like about England and the English language?
This discussion is for Duolingo users to say what they like about England, and the English language. Also, anyone wanting to practice English can do so here!
Everything. I love the county. The nature is incredibly beautiful and the cities, towns and villages have their own charming aura to them. The people are incredibly friendly. English history is fascinating. I even think the English cuisine is not as bad as its reputation and am a frequent customer of the British supermarket here in Vienna.
English is probably my favourite language - but it's a close tie with Russian. I think that British English sounds extremely elegant and is a pleasure to listen to. I generally like English a lot because it is relatively easy to learn (for me as a native speaker of German at least), sounds really nice, is very useful and a language of science, art and ĺiterature. English opens a whole new world in all of these areas as most of the publications nowadays are in English. Unfortunately I do not have a lot of opportunities to practice my English and therefore my abilities to express myself in this beloved language of mine are deteriorating but i do try to watch and read something in English everyday.
Your English is excellent, and thank you for lovely comments about England/Great Britain
I'm glad you like English. Keep talking on here and practice it further! you write English Perfectly!
Is it too stereotypical to say tea? It's just almost impossible to get a good cup of (English-style) tea in a cafe outside of England lol.
As for the English language, do you mean vs say American English, or just the language in general? Generally, I guess I'm just happy English is my native language, because from trying to learn other languages I can say I'm very glad I don't have to learn English again!
Tea!!! That's just about as English as it gets. Yes, it's useful to speak English, because so many people learn it!!! and I mean just the language in general.
Best beer in the world for the country (arguably tied with Germany) and the vast amount of homonyms for the language.
are you from Belgium? Hey, you're leanring a lot of languages? What's your favourite? Of the languagse you're learning, Welsh is my favourite.
Nope, I'm Swedish. I just happen to like beer, and Belgium makes it best!
I've tried a number of courses but I'm not doing all of them actively. I'm planning to finish the German course in a week or two. The Swedish course was just a test since I am Swedish.
After German, I don't know whether I'll continue with French (which I know at least a tiny bit of), Japanese (which is cool, but noticeably a beta course) or High Valyrian (just since it's so entirely useless in practice, and a very small course).
How about continuing with Japanese? it's something completely different, and a lot of people speak it!!! just my thoughts, of course
At some point I'll definitely continue with Japanese (especially since my son will start studying Japanese in high school any day now), so we could help each other there. However, the Japanese course on Duolingo as it is now it a bit tricky since there are no course notes so one really has to use other sources of information as well to get anywhere.
It's my favorite language :-) and i love it mainly because it's so pretty and 'soft sounding'. You can also say loads of things (it's raining cats and dogs etc...)
Yes, the idioms and sayings are so cool. (no wonder Duolingo has bonus 'idiom skills)
I love English language although it is not my home language i learn other languages in English !I feel it is a big part in my life I wish i could speak English as a native speaker :)
Just keep going with English! I don't know where you live, but if you don't live in an English speaking country, spending time in an English speaking country could really help you to speak English even better (more like a native speaker). You speak it really well already, judging by the way you write it! Duolingo discussions are a great way to encounter English people too!
I am from Middle East, my home language is Arabic. I've learnt English at school but now I'm improving and practicing it. Thanks for your quick reply. Have you ever tried to learn Arabic ?
Yes I know, but here is a link if you are interested ! https://www.memrise.com/course/1491173/arabic-alphabet-lbjdy-lrby/
thank you, I am on memrise!!!! My username is the same as my Duo lingo Username
You like the English accent? Did you know, there are loads and loads of English accents? !!!!
I love how English is so irregular in its pronunciation and spelling. It's notorious for that. Even if you're an English speaker, you can't accurately spell or pronounce a word sometimes. Take these words for example:
Dough, tough, through, thorough.
One poet said that "ghoti" spells fish. The "gh" from enough is the 'f', the "o" in women is the 'i', the "ti" from information is the 'sh'. Shows how irregular English is, but that's what makes it unique!
Great job! loved that. English really is an amaz language. I wish on Duolingo I could learn English, but as I do the other courses in English, it's not possible!
I'm not from England and I've never been there, but I would like to one day. It seems nice and I love to read about its history and folklore, along with modern events. I like English because it's so much easier than any language I've tried to learn, and it's my native language:)
So where are you from? Yes, England's really nice. The rolling countryside is very quaint. Plus there are attractive cities like London and Bath. by the way, just a comment, if English is your native language, then it's not surprising that you haven't found any other languages easier to learn!!!
I'm American, from the sothern region of the country. I have English and Scottish heritage in my family, which is one cause for my wanting to know the history of the country
Well, the UK, as well as the USA has a great history!!! I've never actually been to Scotland, but I love Wales, as I'm half welsh, half English.
That's neat! I have a step grandmother whose from England and she always tells me stories about where she grew up and family and what it's like over there, and I think she's the only English person I've met
Where am I from? Or where is she from, I'm from Mississippi, and I would not be surprised if you have absolutely no idea where that is, and as far as where she's from I would have to ask her again because I don't remember. :/
I'm confused. Who is 'she'? And yes, I know where the Mississippi is!!!!
Never mind, I'm sorry I made what is said confusing, I was kind of confused myself when I answed your question, but you know what? Cookies make people smile and that is most important!
England, I would say that it has a beautiful countryside, although I haven't been there yet, just seen it on TV. I would prefer visiting it than say visiting a city such as London.Also very interesting history and literature!. English I would say connects a lot of people together as a shared language, since many people are learning it, or speak it.
yes, a lot of people speak English. and yes, the countryside (particularly places like the Lake District, Devon, and Cornwall) is very pretty. Certianly, the history and literature are also very interesting.
Hey, Liz! Sorry that I didn't write you! My discussion wasn't working or even coming up, but I finally got it to work thankfully! I LOVE English accents! They're so beautiful sounding! U have one I bet, right? What does England look like BTW? I have no idea! That's so cool! In your opinion what do Americans sound like? Brash in their speaking or what? I've always wondered! So glad I can chat with you now and sorry for the really long wait!♥♥♥
Hey Nora! Nice talking again!!! Yes, I have an English accent, but not a really strong one. Rather than having a regional accent, I have what is called an 'RP' or 'reserved pronunciation' accent. Sorry, that's confusing!!!! basically, I say words the way the textbooks tell you to say them, while people with other English accents pronounce words according to how other people in their area pronounce them!!! people in my area have a strong accent, but it's not like mine. And, I love American accents!! I even have my own American accent which I use sometimes (although it's probably not a very good one;) to me, the American accent is laidback and cool and relaxing with a kind of 'twang' to it. bye for now!
Thanks for explaining that to me! Funny because when I speak English (I guess with an American accent) it sounds totally normal and anyone else with any other accent sounds cool or different! haha; just how it is I guess! And I have my own English accent but it's not very good. So, what do you want to talk about? I still think it's so cool to be talking to someone all the way from England! What do you think about America? I might start a chat on that; do you think that's a good idea?
There are many places in the US that I would like to see but it won't happen under the current administration.
yeah, I'd like to visit America some time!!! And yes, I think it would be a great idea for you to start a chat about America!!! So, you live in the countryside right? I live in the city, but I much prefer the country.
Yeah; I live in the country and I love it! I don't think I could manage to live in the city!!! Fall (Autumn as you'd say it) Is coming really early this year! Some leaves are red and it's chilly outside and the air crisp. Fall is my favorite season so I love it! I'm looking up ideas on Pinterest to decorate our room cozy for Fall. I'm really looking forward to it!!! Have you started school yet and are you homeschooled? I'm homeschooled and we started this week and so far I'm loving it!
I like british english, cute old english towns and villages, and fish and chips, especially the strange vinegar they have there.
Fish and chips are a must in England!!!! And vinegar goes so well with them, you're right...I wonder if 'fish and chips' appears on the Duolingo English course?
We do lots of different curriculums. For Science, I do A Beka, for English, Reading, and History I do CLE, for Math, we do Teaching textbooks, which is on the computer and I really like it. It makes learning so fun and you have "buddies" to choose from to cheer you on and stuff. I really like it! This is my first week of school so it's hard to tell if what subj. is my favorite, but History is so interesting, I like Reading, and Math. So far Science is fun but soon instead of learning about the stars and stuff I'll be learning about lots of harder stuff that don't sound so fun. But I like school! Spanish especially! (Let's make sure our conversation doesn't wander too far from Duolingo Spanish because if so then the people in charge will block us and we won't be able to chat. I was chatting with another girl and we had some awesome conversation, but then they separated us. If we want to get to know each other more or become friends, maybe we could e-mail or write each other. What do you think?