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I recently learned that only in English are the raisin, currant and sultana distinguished. For this reason alone, the EU had to generate the generic term "dried vine fruit". Wonderfully eccentric but the distinctions are immortalised in so many recipes and all those nostalgic kitchen jars and containers!

Comment on English language posted 2008-04-22 by Jenny Brown from Durham


Comment on English language

in addition, English is also easy to learn. A Japanese business man communicate with a Brazilian customer in English. It only lacks pronounciation rules so foreigners have to learn how to pronounce every word individually.

Comment on English language posted 2007-03-13 by Dr. M. Makki from Manchester


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It may be considered irony, but the proud Scots. Welsh and Irish have to complain in English in order to be understood by the rest of the world.

Comment on English language posted 2006-11-23 by CHRISTOPHER EDWARDS from Australia


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If I hear English with a foreign accent (American, European, anything...), it does not make me think: "England!" If I hear English -with an English accent-... then that does it every time, especially when abroad. Then of course you get into regional accents within England as well... where do you stop?

Comment on English language posted 2006-08-22 by Adam from Poole, Dorset


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If the Americans were speaking Spanish then I feel that the 'world' language for business and science would be Spanish rather than English.

Comment on English language posted 2006-05-25 by Haider Al-Najjar from Doncaster, England


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It is the world language.

Comment on English language posted 2006-03-17 by MICHAEL HARDING from epping


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It should be THE ICON because English is Global, it's spoken by millions of peole in the world, it's the language of Shakespeare. It's the language of politics, buseness and intercultural communication. It should be the icon in the Portrait of England because language is the most important characteristic of culture.

Comment on English language posted 2006-02-17 by Alecia Jioeva from Moscow


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If "Arabic words in the English Language" can be an icon, then I would suggest to ignore the other linguistic influences would be to show undue preference to a single source. Therefore please add the following as a bare minimum: Latin Greek Celtic (Welsh, Ers or Gaelic) 9th Century Norse Norman French Mediaval Italian (Lombard dialect) 16th Century French (Hugenot) 13th Century Flemmish (Weavers) 19th Century Polish (Jewish refugees) 19th Century Russian (Anarchists and Jewish refugees) Hindi (colonialists and immigrants) People speaking these tongues have all made their home in the British Isles and doubtless have all influenced our language

Comment on English language posted 2006-02-13 by Simon Buyers from South Africa


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Even the BBC is incapable of using the English language as it is taught. Newspapers and TV are guity of endless split infinitives and poor grammer.

Comment on English language posted 2006-02-06 by Lucinda Kitchin from England


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The only reason the English language is so popular is because of Hollywood, if Bollywood was more widely successful then Indian would be more popular. it's the yanks not the Poms that made English popular.

Comment on English language posted 2006-02-03 by Bob from Wembley


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