terça-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2013
WELCOM E TO THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE
English is present in our daily lives. If you have access to the internet, most of the information there is in English: if you like listening to pop songs, lots of them are in English; if you go to the cinema, most film productions are in English; in others words, we are in contact with English all the time.
There are about 700 million speakers of English around the world. In some countries it is the first language, like in the USA and United Kingdom. In Canada, for example, people speak English and French as official languages.
But is the language the same in all these contexts of use? Of course not. There are many different kinds of English. For example, a Brithis pearson would call a taxi to go home, but an American would call a cab; a student at school in USA uses an eraser, whereas a school boy in England uses a rubber. And an American inside a bank waits in line, whereas a Brithis waits in a queue.