As Americans, do you consider English a foreign language?

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    Well, do you?

    Taking into consideration that as a nation, you've inherited the language and literature of an overseas power you are now independent from.
     
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    Having been married to a Brit, I can attest to the fact that there is a difference between American English and the Queen's English. Enough of a difference to call it "ours." What was once inherited has evolved. Part of that evolution stems from the diverse populace of this nation as well as the variances in language found in it's regional differences.
     
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    true English is
     
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    And how about all of the Spanish speakers?
     
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    An interesting analysis, hjmick. But I don't think that enough of a distinction exists to say it has "evolved". I'd say 'diluted' is a more accurate evaluation.

    Wouldn't you?
     
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    Are you asking whether or not they consider Spanish as a foreign language. Or are you asking if they consider English a foreign language?

    With regards to the latter, I'd say they consider English a foreign language. Seeing as it was bestowed upon North America by the British.
     
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    I understand your point, but I think that all of the influences American English has had, German, Spanish, African, French, Polish, hell... pick a language, something of all of those languages has made it into American English in some form or another. Each historic wave of immigration has contributed to the language of the U.S. That strikes me as evolving more than diluting. But that's just me.
     
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    Yes, but adulterated or not, by its very essence it is still recognised as native to Britain. Thus making it a foreign language. Even if it's the mother tongue to citizens of a country who declared and attained independence from the languages' conventional origin over 200 years ago.

    And before anyone asks: No, I am not bitter about the United States no longer being crown territory.

    Well, perhaps just a tiny bit.
     
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    We are two nations divided by a common language. I find that very true.... Living in Britain, and writing for British publications, I find I have to be able to swap between the two... sometimes I forget which is which. :lol:
     

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