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Old 07-14-2007, 02:41 PM   #1
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I know you come from the Netherlands, and you've previously said your school was in Groningen (perhaps you have a short memory). And you can't go much norther or easter in the Netherlands (except perhaps West Friesland) than Groningen.
Actually, West Friesland is part of North Holland, way to the West of Groningen (and to Friesland, hence its name). Ostfriesland is East of Groningen, in Germany.

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I didn't know you studied in Arnhem and Utrecht though, so that might have coloured your Dutch. Most Dutch that speak English (not British: Britons may be exclusively Welsh or Gaelic speakers) have learned it the British way; those that speak with an American accent speak generic 'American'.
My guess is when I speak American I speak "generic American" - but in reality what comes out is close to what I hear around me, that's quite instinctive with me and applies to Dutch, English, German and Spanish, at least.

But note that I never speak about "British" as a language or accent - I refer exclusively to "British English" as opposed to "American English".

   
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