Hi everyone I am from Sri Lanka. We are a multi-cultural society and predominantly Sinhalese.
Languages: Sinhala 74% (official and national), Tamil 18% (national), other 8%; English is commonly used in government and spoken competently by about 10% Ethnicity/race: Sinhalese 73.8%, Sri Lankan Moors 7.2%, Indian Tamil 4.6%, Sri Lankan Tamil 3.9%, other 0.5%, unspecified 10% (2001) Religions: Buddhist 70%, Islam 8%, Hindu 7%, Christian 6% (2001) Literacy rate: 92% (2003 est.)
I belong to the other 0.5%. My great grand parents were German and settled in this beautiful island some where in the 1800s. Therefore, I might say that I am of mixed parentage and multicultural, and so is my husband whose many greats ago was British and mother the daughter of an Irishman (from two knighted families) who settled here to grow coffee and ended up growing thousands of acres of tea. English was the language spoken in our homes. Therefore I consider my mother tongue being English. I was educated in a convent in English with Sinhalese as a second language. All that changed when the Government took over the schools and made Sinhalese the official language. Tamil and English were made the second and third languages. This change created a bit of turmoil and today we have to deal with terrorism, mostly in the North and East.
English is now coming back as a link language and is used widely in commercial establishments.
I live close to the Administrative Capital in the Western Province. It was once a very peaceful and sleepy countryside and now with urbanization has got a little too crowded to my taste.
I see a great bunch of you here having a lively interaction and hope that I could share some of that comardarie.
I'm a half and halfer. I have dual Aussie and Canadian citizenship. Grew up in Oz and now live in the frozen north (well, rainy north at the moment.) But I'm a wanderer at heart and lived on the road for years in different parts of the world. My tent was my home.....those were the days......
Popcorn for you Gamergirl and Stacie.....Now where's the puppy? (I love party crashers.)
I should fess up to being a US citizen as well as an Australian citizen, I suppose.
You Americans can party in this thread, too - especially since you come bringing coffee, Stacie ...
P.S. And then I married an Englishman, so between us we can live and work in Australia, New Zealand, The US, Canada, or anywhere in the EU. We're in Australia because of the climate! And the hours of daylight in winter. I have no idea how you stay sane, RFox!
I was always partial to Zoka, when I lived in Seattle. In the Bay Area, Blue Bottle Coffee is among the best. Blue Bottle will ship fresh roasted beans anywhere in the U.S., but they aren't cheap. Unfortunately we've usually only got cheap Costco beans here at HubPages, although we do have a nice industrial size coffee maker and grinder.
Oi way is this thread full of Americans - go away yanks this is an foreigners thread :-) Hi funride -your English is a whole lot better than my Portugese - I have just started learning Portugases as the mineral exploration company I am working for in Australia is doing a lot of work in Brazil! The pronouciation is bizarre - I know some spanish so I have the pronounceation is all mixed up now - though I can recognise the vocab and grammar quite well! Bom Dia
I spent my first 15 years in Yonkers, N.Y., USA, then moved with my family to Connecticut. I moved back to New York (Long Island) about two years ago. It's nice to communicate with folks from around the world.
Greetings! I'm from the UK, about as close to the middle of England as you can get. I live close to the site of the battlefield where Henry VII defeated Richard III in 1485. Visit my hubs and you can see some photos taken not far from home.
As for coffee, I don't understand it! Since Starbucks and Nero turned up, we've all had to stop asking for "white" or "black" and learn strange language like "skinny latte", whatever that is. Apparently what I think of as coffee is called "Americano" for some reason!
I think I'll stick to tea, which is much nicer anyway!
Yes, I have my cuppa tea every morning. I miss REAL Tetley tea. It is not the same product in Canada. As for coffee.......Italians are the best (in my opinion)....how can you go past Illy....it's so smooth and flavorful.
Austin is much prettier than Nashville, on the whole. I promise you, I spent a looooot of time downtown in Nashville, and unless you were in the Vandy area, or in the higher income areas, it's not really -THAT- pretty. The buildings are nice, but the streets are dirty, there are a lot of homeless folk, and the air is yucky. People are all-in-all pretty friendly, though.
I'm from Cebu, Philippines. It's 'crazy' out here with the variety of dialects and languages. But our medium of instruction in school was English. I'm Filipino-Chinese --my ancestors were from China. I wonder if there are other hubbers from where I come from. Hellllooooooo
British here Live in France though. Can't stand the weather, the CCTV cameras and the complaints - Miss the beer though. No one makes beer like the English - we can't make a cup of coffee if our lives depended on it, but beer, that's another story......
I have slowly been worn away by writing for an international audience, and I now find myself leaving out "u" in deference to my American readers. I still can't bring myself to use bastardised spellings like "jewelry", though!
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