I'm sorry to have to disagree, but here in America, there are many dialects of Americanese that those of us in other parts of our land have trouble deciphering. In some places, I find that local folks take some delight in trying to be as hard to understand to visitors as possible. Maybe this is the principle behind the evolution of so many different languages. Interesting concept, that the history of languages may have been governed as much by a desire to be misunderstood as to be understood.
Originally posted by Cambronne
Gnein... (I really enjoy saying your screen name...)
It could be that the anglophones just don't try.
What does one call someone who speaks three languages?
Someone who speaks two languages?
Just one language?
An American! (Yes, I know. Canada is a whole 'nuther country. But that's the punch line, and I'm not changing it.)