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Postby Friend_of_Gunnar » Jan 6 2006, 19:03

Someone recently made a post where they had a link to a site where you could mark the location of where you live. Lo! America is beat by both Europe and China. I realize that English is such an international language now. My own English is wild and furry, it is full of slang and idioms, creativity and twists. So in tribute to the new boards and for better communication to all I will now speak in Eastern European English, which I think is the new standard for the Heroes of Might and Magic community. (Don't ask me what the difference is between the Englishes is, I just know it)

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Postby lordskeleton » Jan 6 2006, 23:52

Is it different from the western european english besides accent (which isn't really noted in the written language anyway)?
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Postby Friend_of_Gunnar » Jan 7 2006, 5:28

Yes I think so but it is difficult to say the difference of the two. Many times when an Eastern European is writing a post I hear a combination of words that is different to my sense of language. When I first came to the boards it was interesting to hear the messages but also to hear how the message was written. To be specific I would have to do an analysis, so give me some time and then I will respond.

Also, I live in an American city where people of every country on earth come to visit (and then they stay, and then they open a restaurant and give their money to their kids to be doctors). So in my past I have had to speak Chinenglish, Japanenglish, Amharaenglish, and other englishes you wouldn't believe.

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Postby lordskeleton » Jan 7 2006, 11:11

Bet you haven't tried swenglish. It WILL make you throw up
(on a regular basis). Still, that's mostly a sign of inadequate
teaching (or none at all)
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Postby theLuckyDragon » Jan 7 2006, 13:31

I'm from Romania and I've got my basic knowledge of English from watching Cartoon Network when I was a kid. After that I started studying it at school and got better.

Now I guess my writing is good enough, but when it comes to speaking, I surprise myself sometimes :)! My accent is... hmm... probably 50% British, 35% American and 15% Romanian, fluctuating constantly ;). And sometimes I get this peculiar urge to try the Australian accent :) .
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Postby gravyluvr » Jan 7 2006, 14:47

lordskeleton wrote:Is it different from the western european english besides accent (which isn't really noted in the written language anyway)?


Oye. What's dat y'say? You kent tell an accent over da web?

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Postby theLuckyDragon » Jan 7 2006, 18:18

What kind of accent was that??
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Postby lordskeleton » Jan 7 2006, 23:32

It's dem hamburger n' fries'ccent
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Postby ScarlettP » Jan 10 2006, 0:54

Actually, its kind of fun to deal with lots of Europeans. Brits have their own set of slang and what not. We Americans tend to forget that WE are the ones who do it 'wrong'.

Normally, when I'm on an international board like this one, I tend to get singled out as the person to ask to explain US slang terms. Don't know why, but I just enjoy doing it.

The only one that ever gave me trouble was trying to explain that a hound dog "Bays" to an Italian. That was DIFFICULT. I don't think he ever quite understood what I was getting at. Dogs Bark. Wolves Howl. A hunting Dogs BAY with an 'Ahrrrroooooo' sound. Somewhere along the explination, I found that he didn't know what a "Blood Hound" was either. :S

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Postby gravyluvr » Jan 11 2006, 5:02

The US is also made up of tons of different accents itself because of migration, settling, ancestry. immigration, and Native American heritages...

Put a native from Boston, Minnesota (or the Dakotas), Carolina, Texas, and Pittsburgh in the same room and they won't be able to understand each other. Start mixing in some (Ala-F**king) Bama, Nawlins (New Orleans), (New) Jersey, and anyone from either New Mexico or Utah and you'll realize just how many countries are inside these United States.

So Europe's not too different. Older buildings. Different football. But other than that... pretty much the same.

Well there are some differences here. We use cars to go back and forth from place to place and we talk to each other on "telephones" but I'm sure the rest of the world has elephants and camels and kangaroos and we really don't have too many of those around.

I'm sure one day we'll be able to communicate in some way. We can only hope. ;)
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Postby Kalah » Jan 11 2006, 12:14

*stiff-upper-lip Oxford accent* I, on the other hand, speak perfect English - the way it should be spoken.
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Postby ScarlettP » Jan 11 2006, 13:33

I wouldn't know. I never did get either you OR Ethric to send me a wave file of what a Norse Accent sounds like. I'm still over here thinking the two of you sound like the Swedish Cheif from the Muppets.

Hey! Kalah, weren't you supposed to be sending me a large file for Christmas? I never got it.

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Postby ThunderTitan » Jan 11 2006, 18:36

ScarlettP wrote:Normally, when I'm on an international board like this one, I tend to get singled out as the person to ask to explain US slang terms. Don't know why, but I just enjoy doing it.


Isn't that what American Movies/Music Videos are for? For shizzle... or whatnot!

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Postby Robenhagen » Jan 11 2006, 18:49

ThunderTitan wrote: Talking about english: http://www.stephaniemiller.com/declarationofrevocation.htm


That is just about the funniest thing I've read this year Image
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Postby Vlad976 » Jan 11 2006, 18:52

Hmm, that gave me a few ideas on how to extend the length of the papers I'm gonna have to write this semester...
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Postby DaemianLucifer » Jan 11 2006, 19:50

ThunderTitan wrote:Talking about english: http://www.stephaniemiller.com/declarationofrevocation.htm


Me rikey this vely much :devil:

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Postby Gaidal Cain » Jan 11 2006, 20:08

I've read it before, but it's still as fun.
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Postby Caradoc » Jan 11 2006, 22:55

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Postby gravyluvr » Jan 18 2006, 5:41

What is this Belgium they refer to?
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Postby Mutare Drake » Jan 19 2006, 3:02

ThunderTitan wrote:Talking about english: http://www.stephaniemiller.com/declarationofrevocation.htm

Heh heh, very funny.

I've always thought it weird that the US messes around with the language, and then expects everyone to know it and accept it...shows how big our heads are I guess. And all our goofy expressions..."beat the bushes" and "hit the road"...and "f'shizzle" especially, agh.


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