Want to Improve Your English?
Last week we looked at Canada as a place where you can improve your English. This week in Part 2 of our continuing series on “Where to Improve Your English,” we will talk about the United States!
The United States
The United States has been a melting pot of different cultures since the beginning of its colonization. Spanish, French and English settlers claimed territories within the U.S, which is why Spanish is spoken in areas such as Texas, New Mexico, and California, and French is spoken in areas such as Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, and Louisiana. Britain’s authority ultimately prevailed, which is why English is the most spoken language in the United States. English is the country’s primary language and is spoken among federal government officials, businesses and households. Like any large nation, many different dialects have emerged because of a cultural medley. English spoken in New England sounds very different from the English spoken in the Southern regions. Other dialects include Midland, Western, North Central, and a variety of others. For example, New England accents are known for dropping the “r” sound in their words. Alternatively, the south tends to lengthen their words, giving it that “Southern Drawl.”
The original English dialect did fade over the years, making the American dialect very different from the British dialect it originated from. Although, the American accent is closer to the “original” version of English than English in England is spoken today. Americans and the Brits have different vocabulary, making references to certain objects difficult to interpret. The use of collective nouns, verbs, and certain spellings are different as well. Overall, the British language sounds more formal than the American language, but the two regions can understand each other for the most part and they are not as different as they seem.
Depending on the region, the school year typically begins late-August or early-September and ends in late-May/early-June. Many universities and major cities around the U.S have English courses that will help you become fluent, including: New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Taking a course is preferable for international students, as it is difficult to find locals who can speak a second language. The U.S. is culturally diverse, but lacks in linguistic diversity.