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.
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
Down below is the list of countries that have English as their official language:
|Sr. No||Country||Official Language|
|2||Anguilla and Barbuda||English (Official)|
|8||British Virgin Islands||English (Official)|
|10||Cayman Island||English 90.9%|
|11||Christmas Islands||English (Official)|
|12||Cook Islands||English 86.4%|
|17||Fiji||English (official), Fijian|
|25||Isle of Man||English (Official)|
|29||Kiribati||I-Kiribati, English (official)|
|32||Micronesia||English (Official and common)|
|34||New Zealand||English (de facto official) 89.8%|
|36||Norfolk Islands||English (Official)|
|37||Pitcairn Islands||English (Official)|
|38||St. Kitts and Nevis||English (Official)|
|39||Saint Lucia||English (Official)|
|40||St. Vincent and Grenadines||English (Official)|
|41||Sierra Leone||English (Official)|
|43||South Sudan||English (Official)|
|44||Trinidad and Tobago||English (Official)|
|45||Turks and Caicos Islands||English (Official)|
|46||United Kingdom||English (Official)|
|47||United States||English 79%|
|48||Virgin Islands||English 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.
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:
|7||The Movies||The Cinema|
|8||Soda/Coke||Soft Drink/Fizzy Drink|
|9||Mail Box||Post Box|
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 Vocabulary||Scottish Vocabulary|
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:
|11||Go Away!||Shove Off!|
|13||How are you?||How are you going?|
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 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.
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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