Is English your first language? If not, was it easy for you to learn it? When did you start learning it?
There are some major languages in the world that celebrate their own days, such as English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, French, and Russian. Since I’m blogging in English, I thought it would be fun to talk about English Language Day, which happens to be today (April 23), the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, that bard who gave us the word “courtship” in Love’s Labor Lost (1597) and “lonely” in Coriolanus (1623).
Today, we primarily see two main types of English in the commercial world of fiction books: American English and British English. From those two stem many variations and local dialects, idioms, sayings, colloquialism, and slang words.
I usually write in American English because most of my readers read in American English, even though some of my novels take place outside of the USA. Smile for Me (Vacation Sweethearts Book 1), for example, is set primarily in the Bahamas. I hinted at British English in this novel, but since my readers are mainly from the USA, I use all American English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
What about the novels you read? What are some American or British jargons that baffle you when you read a novel? I think that the more we read books written in a certain lingo or from particular regions of the world, the more we are used to the words and phrases. What say you?
Do you prefer to read novels written in American English or British? Does it matter to you at all?
If you speak multiple languages, does your mind automatically switch to a different mode of comprehension when you read books in another language?
Well, happy English Language Day to you! Prior to this blog post, I had no idea there was such a day. Did you know this day exists?
If you’re looking for new books to read in English (hehe!), I have two free ebooks that you can download via BookFunnel, if you don’t already have them on your Kindle reader:
- Ask You Later (A Savannah Sweethearts Prequel) tells the story of a mixed-media artist and the gallery owner’s non-artistic daughter.
- Time for Me (A Vacation Sweethearts Prequel) takes us back to that same gallery with the story of an archivist and a bronze sculptor.