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January 17, 2005

What is English Anyway?

An editorial in yesterday's Japan Times looked at the question of what we mean by "English" and whether even something like "American English" can really be pinned down. It also considered the dilemna of English language students who may be confused by all the regional varieties and accents they encounter among teachers in Japan. Taking just one country as an example, "Do You Speak American?" is the title of a book and TV documentary that challenged the idea of a single, unified language across the US and found many examples to either support or contradict such an idea.
English as you like it

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