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Countries with English as official Language with Different Accents

English is a language of great significance and although there aren’t many native speakers of English in the world but still it has the largest reach than any other language in the world. English is used as an official language by many international organizations like the United Nations and European Union. Being a primary language in studies, business, science and technology, most of the information is now available in English, and it serves as a key to broader information for better opportunities. The Internet is a huge platform for business, studies, research, and entertainment, and most of the websites on the internet are now in English.

history of English language

English was primarily promoted by British all across the world from 1600’s to 1900’s and as other countries were also colonized by the British, English became a popular language in education and government. The United States served as an influencer of the English language in the 20th century. Although America is not the only major economic power but it is a source of emerging trends and pop culture. So when trends propagate in a specific language, the language gets more hype and importance.

Countries With English As Official Language

Countries With English As Official Language

Down below is the list of countries that have English as their official language:

Sr. NoCountryOfficial Language
1AnguillaEnglish (Official)
2Anguilla and BarbudaEnglish (Official)
3AustraliaEnglish (78.6%)
4BahamasEnglish (Official)
5BarbadosEnglish (Official)
6BelizeEnglish (62.9%)
7Bermuda English (Official)
8British Virgin IslandsEnglish (Official)
9CanadaEnglish (58.7%)
10Cayman IslandEnglish 90.9%
11Christmas IslandsEnglish (Official)
12Cook IslandsEnglish 86.4%
13DhekeliaEnglish, Greek
14DominicaEnglish (Official)
15EswatiniEnglish (Official)
16FalklandEnglish 89%
17FijiEnglish (official), Fijian
18GambiaEnglish (Official)
19GibraltarEnglish
20GrenadaEnglish (Official)
21GuamEnglish 43.6%
22GuernseyEnglish
23GuyanaEnglish (Official)
24IrelandEnglish (Official)
25Isle of ManEnglish (Official)
26JamaicaEnglish
27JerseyEnglish 94.5%
28KenyaEnglish (Official)
29KiribatiI-Kiribati, English (official)
30LiberiaEnglish (Official)
31MalawiEnglish (Official)
32MicronesiaEnglish (Official and common)
33MontserratEnglish
34New ZealandEnglish (de facto official) 89.8%
35NigeriaEnglish (Official)
36Norfolk IslandsEnglish (Official)
37Pitcairn IslandsEnglish (Official)
38St. Kitts and NevisEnglish (Official)
39Saint LuciaEnglish (Official)
40St. Vincent and GrenadinesEnglish (Official)
41Sierra LeoneEnglish (Official)
42SingaporeEnglish (Official)
43South Sudan English (Official)
44Trinidad and TobagoEnglish (Official)
45Turks and Caicos IslandsEnglish (Official)
46United KingdomEnglish (Official)
47United StatesEnglish 79%
48Virgin IslandsEnglish 71.6%

American and British English:

It is often said that America and Britain are the two nations that are divided by a common language. British English is quite different from American English, and often people say that Americans don’t speak English, they speak American.

English Language vs British Language

There are major differences in the vocabulary of the American and British English, for example, American call it vacations while in Britain vocabulary it’s holidays. The front of a car is hood in America and Bonnet is Britain. There are some past tense verbs that differ in Britain and American English, for example, American use ‘gotten’ while the British use ‘Got.’

Major differences of Vocabulary:

Sr. No.AmericanBritish
1ApartmentFlat
2CollegeUniversity
3TheaterTheatre
4VacationHoliday
5ChipsCrisps
6FriesChips
7The MoviesThe Cinema
8Soda/CokeSoft Drink/Fizzy Drink
9Mail BoxPost Box
10Drug StoreChemist’s
11Band-AidPlaster
12SoccerFootball
13CookieBiscuit
14SweaterJumper
15Sneakers/Tennis ShoesTrainers

Scottish Accent:

Scottish English is quite different from standard English. It is basically a varied form of English language spoken in the area of Scotland. Differences in pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary mainly differ in standard and Scottish English.

Major differences of Vocabulary:

Sr. No.English VocabularyScottish Vocabulary
1BrownBroon
2YellowYella’
3NarrowNarraw
4ShortCuttie
5SmallWee
6TallTaa
7BitterHeavy
8SweetSweit
9ExpensiveExpensife
10OlivesOllies
11PotatoesTatties
12BirdSpyug
13CatMoggie
14CowCoo
15BedScratcher

Australian English

Another variation of the English language is Australian English, and it’s quite different from standard English. The Aussie English diverged from British when a colony of New South Wales was setup back in 1788. It is much like the derived form of British English. Following are some common differences:

Sr. No.EnglishAustralian
1Absolutely!Reckon!
2AlcoholGrog, Booze
3AustralianAussie
4BananaNana
5BiscuitBickie
6CriminalBushranger
7ChickenChook
8DrunkPissed
9ExcellentAce
10FarmStation
11Go Away!Shove Off!
12Hi.G’day Mate.
13How are you?How are you going?
14MosquitoMozzie
15SausageSnag

Indian English

Indian English is another variation of the English language. Usually, there is not much problem with communication as the vocabulary is almost the same but there’s a bit different in pronunciation. For example, Vitamin is pronounced Vitamin, the schedule is pronounced skedule and many other variations.

Irish English:

Irish English is also known as Hiberno-English, and it’s basically a dialect of English that is spoken in Ireland. The spellings and pronunciations are more like British English and not like American. Some of the grammatical are quite unique, and some are inspired from the Irish language.

International English

As there are many dialects and accents of English and there is no standard form, people often have trouble communicating as the audience changes. So the solution to this problem is International English as it is understandable by both, the native speakers and the foreign English speakers.

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