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Thursday, 26 August 2004

so what language do i speak?



Canadians, of course, spend half their time explaining they're not from the United States, and much of the rest being polite, spelling words with a "z" instead of an "s" and purchasing two-fours - or cases - of beer. [source]




Actually, I've always spelled words with an s, but that's not really the point. The point of this article is this:

Do they speak English in Australia?

"Well of course they do - like millions of other members of the big happy Commonwealth family. But new rules asking natives of those countries to prove they can speak English before getting UK citizenship has left some 'colonials' feeling a little insulted - and that's the same in any accent."




I'd laugh, but I am not yet a UK citizen and will have to actually prove that I can speak English - even though I have a work permit for a technical writing job. In English, thank you. Now before you Americans start giggling and making fun of the way we pronounce our "ou" words, this applies to you too. Anyone applying for UK citizenship will have to prove they can speak English.



Good thing I know how to make Yorkshire puddings, have all the Blackadder episodes on DVD, can sing the national anthem, and can name all of the winners of Big Brother UK. You never know what they're going to ask on that citizenship test. Cor blimey, guv'nor.

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