Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Are you English? No, I'm Welsh!

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Great Britain, British, England, English, United Kingdom… Some people have trouble in using these words correctly to refer to a language, a population or a country. In case you’re Galician, how would you feel if a foreigner calls you Castilian? I bet as frustrated as if someone from Wales was called English. Let’s make this clear:




-England, Wales and Scotland are part of the right hand side island, Great Britain.
-Those living in England are English, those in Wales are Welsh and those in Scotland are Scots. At the same time, all of them are British.
-England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are part of “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”. People from Northern Ireland are called Irish, or British as well.
-In the left hand side island, we have two countries: Northern Ireland (part of the UK) and the Republic of Ireland.
-All the aforementioned people speak English.
-Some people in Wales speak Welsh, some in Scotland speak Scottish Gaelic and some Northern Irish people speak Irish Gaelic.

In case you’re still confused with those terms, have a look at these videos:



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2 comments:

  1. Whales, Whales, bloody great fishes are Whales,
    They swim in the sea,
    We eat them for tea,
    Oh bloody great fishes are Whales...

    as opposed to the actual chorus:

    Gwlad, gwlad, pleidiol wyf i’m gwlad.
    Tra môr yn fur i’r bur hoff bau,
    O bydded i’r hen iaith barhau.

    :-)

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