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Even in England there are many differences in regional character and speech

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Even in England there are many differences in regional character and speech by Cristina Nuta -

Many foreigners who have visited Britain call all the inhabitants 'English', for they are used to think of the British Isles as 'England'. In fact, the British Isles contain a variety of peoples and not only people of England call themselves English. The others refer to themselves as Welsh, Scottish, or Irish, as the case may be; they are often slightly annoyed at being classified as 'English'.

Even in England there are many differences in regional character and speech. The chief division is between southern England and northern England. South of a line going from Bristol to London people speak the type of English usually learnt by foreign students, though there are local variations. This sort of English is generally heard from BBC announcers. Further north regiona l speech is usually 'broader' than that of southern Britain.

In Scotland the sound denoted by the letter 'R' is generally a strong sound, and 'R' is often pronounced in words in which it would be silent in southern English. In the Highlands and the Western Isles the ancient Scottish language, Gaelic, is still heard- in 1961 some 76,000 people spoke Gaelic. The Scots are said to be serious, cautious, thrifty people, rather inventive and somewhat mystical. All the Celtic peoples of Britain (the Welsh, the Irish, the Scots) are frequently described as being more 'fiery' than the English. The Welsh have preserved their language to a remarkable extent. The English generally look upon the Welsh as an emotional people who are, however, somewhat reticent and difficult to get to know easily.

Ireland is divided into two parts. Irish, often called Erse, is a form of Gaelic. It was in danger of dying out, but when the territory of the Republic became independent Erse was revived, and is now the official first language of the Republic, English being the second. The Irish are known for their charm and vivacity, as well as for the beauty of the Irish girls.

All in all, one can find many different traditions and customs in Britain, depending on which part of the island he chooses to visit. Even if there are some distinctive regional features, the British Isles form a unit, being one of the most beautiful and culturally developed societies in the world.
Even in England there are many differences in regional character and speech written by Cristina Nuta for FamousWhy.com
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Date Added: 17 May '07


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