I know we have half a dozen Aussie/Kiwi Hubbers amongst the regulars, plus lots of Americans and Canadians.
Who here is British?
Anyone here from Sweden, Norway, or Denmark?
Malaysia? (I know there's at least one from Indonesia).
Who is from a non-English-speaking country, and learned English as a second language later in life?
While all the American Hubbers are driving themselves to exhaustion trying to turn out 10 Hubs a day for this competition, let's find out where everyone else is from.
P.S. I'm one of the Aussies.
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 British, from near Manchester & live in Greece, Greek husband and 'more than half' Greek kids - they were brought up in Greece!
You probably would have guessed that I am from Scotland lol.....jimmy
Well, I'm one of the crazy Americans. But I crashed your party anyway.
I'm that super pms'y crazy Americanish chick.. can I come? I'll bring popcorn and my puppy...
a party may help me have a better day.
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.)
Oh yeah and my name's Rachelle
Umm, well, I thought I cleared that up when I placed this info in my profile
I'm a Russian citizen living in US. Yes, I am that case with ESL, and that greatly complicates me working for American market.
But - it is still fun to hang out with you folks here
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'm from the great state of Pa (thats Pennsylvania to everybody else). I think we are the only people who refer to their state by its initials. Do any other states do that?
I'm from and in India, but English was my first language at school.
Welcome! A lot of pictures await your coming!
Wait, who said I was sane? That's a dirty, rotten lie.....Say that to my face and I'll feed you to my polar bear.....his name his Fluffy.......grrrrrrr
What a creative excuse! Wonderful!
Then I'm like you. I am using my love of Wodehouse as an excuse to visit Shropshire and London this year!
I'm from the South. Some Americans consider us foreigners because of our funny accents. Does that count? :p
I really want to visit the south sometime and I think Tennessee would be a major stop on that visit
You should. It's a beautiful state. Especially East Tennessee.
I disagree about Nashville. It has some very beautiful places. Especially around Franklin. GORGEOUS places. That's where all the fancy schmancy country music stars live.
I should make a lens with some of my photography from the area sometime.
Visit when the leaves are turning. It's amazing. Spring is also very nice, but it's also hayfever city.
Kelly, did you know that crisis counselors are taught to talk in a Southern accent because it's calming? I'm from the south too, born and raised. It's nice to find another G.R.I.T.S. here.
Texas, baby. But my wife graduated from Belmont in Nashville, TN. It's a beautiful place. Worth the trip.
I lived in Nashville for 10 years. It's a pothole in the center of the state, really.
I live in Oregon. But I can't bring myself to say I'm an Oregonian. Born and raised in the Seattle area and lived there for 36-37 years.
Down here in NC it's hard to find Seattle's Best. Stores carry it, but run out of it fast.
Okay okay...for you. But, you will have to try other kinds. You might find they are better.
Oh, I have no doubt.
I'm still working my way toward normal roasts as opposed to flavored coffee, I'm still acquiring that taste.
Espresso plus white chocolate syrup is just so good, though!
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.
Northern New Brunswick, Canada, snowbound and minus 15 C today but the sun is shining.
The Best Coffee
Well, I´m from Portugal (a non-English-speaking country) and portuguese is my first language. I´m here to train my english wrinting and to party with all you crazy mates !
oooooh, an Aussie smilie!
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi!
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
.i was trying a very lame Aussie accent:D
Im from London and used to live in Earlscourt (UK) and the pubs i used to go in there were the closest ive been to Australia lol
I'm touched, Compu-Smart!
For future reference, it's "G'Day" ... but we make allowances for you Pommie types anyway ...
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'm half American, half Canadian. I've lived in Britain. As you can imagine, my spelling is rather confused.
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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