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What's your English?

Our 'What's your English?' campaign takes a trip around the English-speaking world, a world that is growing all the time. Country by country, a month at a time, we are asking English language users, learners, experts, artists, bloggers, tweeters, people who live there: What's your English?

We are collecting snapshots of English as it is spoken today by millions of people all over the world. We are celebrating English as a language without borders, itself made up of many other languages and still borrowing words and phrases all the time.

So, wherever you are, however you use it, we'd love to hear your answer to the question:
What's your English?

You can do this by joining in on conversations on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter (we're @macdictionary), adding a word to the Open Dictionary or writing a guest blog post. Also, if you would like to answer the What's your English? question with a video, please send us the link on YouTube and we might include it on our YouTube page, link to it from the blog and tweet about it.

This month …

In October, we're exploring Spanish English. Our first guest blog, sent by Joseph D. Persico, looks at the influence English and Spanish have had on each other. Here is a short excerpt from the post:


So, what exactly is the problem with (what appear to be) so many anglicismos in Spanish? Well, I say nothing! The issue is that many people don't know just how common and natural it is for words to travel across languages, and they worry that their language is being invaded by foreign words. Some English speakers have this same concern. … more

September was the month of Australian English. You can read some fantastic guest posts on the subject. Here's a short excerpt from one of them:

I once worked with someone who gave instructions to a new non-Australian, non-native English-speaking staff member: "I'm going on my break. Mrs Smith likes a bikkie with her cuppa. Ta." She came back from her afternoon tea break and Mrs Smith had neither received her cup of tea nor a biscuit with it. Her first thought was that this person didn't really speak English. Then suddenly she reflected on the English she was speaking. … more

In August, we turned to Indian English, with some fascinating guest posts – take a look. Here's an excerpt from just one of them:

Indian English is a smorgasbord of peculiarities and personalities, and I have lately come to realize that all those years when I was basking in pride at my impeccable grammar and not insignificant vocabulary, I should have spent more time learning to inject "Indianisms" into my writing … more

July was dedicated to American English and what a month it was! You'll find a collection of guest posts on the subject here and a taster below from just one of them:

My story isn't so unusual. In a way, I'm a perfect American, just like that Italian-American from Michigan Madonna is a perfect American, with the half-British diction she's been mocked back home for after years of living in England. To move between accents and dialects is part of human language behavior. But to me it seems poignantly and particularly American, with physical movement and social aspiration so big part of the national story … more



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