Different countries but same language...

Philippines
September 4, 2008 7:57am CST
How do you feel about that? You go to a different country but the people speak the same language. Do you feel at home or do they have a different culture? For example, isn't it that people from Spain, Argentina, and Mexico all speak Spanish? Then Portugal and Brazil speak Portuguese? Mainland China, Taiwan, and Singapore? Or even USA, England, Ireland, and Australia? I think that would be fun to go to another country that speak the same language as mine. It would definitely be interesting to hear the same language but in a different accent in some cases. But you know that they've different culture and history. Would that be a gap or does it feel just like you're in your own country? Have a nice day!
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@jinxky (2251)
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
how about different dialects in your own country? here in the phillipines we have so many languages here, we have tagalog, bisaya, ilonggo, kapampangan, etc. i think we have more than 5 dialects here, imagine that, we live in the same country but we have so many dialects? anywayz, english, chinese, spanish etc. are the most language used, especially english, coz almost all over the world people knows how to speak english. but for spanish, all people live in southern america & europe. for chinese, all the people live in southeast asia..
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
Hi friend! I also am from the Philippines and it's nice to have many cultures in languages in our country. There was one time though that we had to go to Nueva Vizcaya for a community service as required in our curriculum. Since I grew in Metro Manila and in a household of Visayans, I don't know what will happen there. When we got there, it was okay since most people can speak Tagalog. It's not yet the uppermost parts of the mountain and they have access to the city. However, some people only spoke Ilocano, Ifugao, or English. Good thing some of our classmates can speak Ilocano and served as our translators at some point. It was fun there though and I miss the experience. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a nice day!
@ashar123 (2360)
• India
5 Sep 08
If you are in another country, whether the people are speaking the same language as you do in a little different accent, it is impossible that culture of both countries will be the same. It is clear that every country of the world has different cultures thats why they attained independence seperately. Whether the people of two countries have same religon in majority, the cultures, life styles of people will be different. For example in India there are many languages spoken as India has 24 provinces but India's National Language is Hindi which is very much similar to National Language of Pakistan that is Urdu. Pakistan is alot small country as compared to India with 4 provinces, but both countries have different cultures.
• India
5 Sep 08
Thats true.Even people's mentality differ with different language.
• United States
5 Sep 08
I think that having similar languages spoken in different countries does make it a whole lot easier for travel than having to deal with completely different languages... And while the language is the same, there are also differences according to different localities - an American may understand most of what an Australian says... but would need to become acclimated to the pronuniciation of certain words (garage is an intersting one) or to certain phrases that are not familiar. (Even here in the States, we have different accents and linguistic differences between geographic regions... and the great debate about whether to call that sugary, carbonated beverage "soda" "pop" "coke" etc.)
• Philippines
5 Sep 08
Hey, Im from the Philippines, but you know what? One exciting about my country is even my parents have different dialects.. my mom is an ilocano and my dad is a tagalog... lol.. But anyweiz, thanks to our former president because he established our national language - Filipino in which a mixture of different dialects in the Phillipines in ehich the basis is Filipino and a mixture of Spanish(castillan), English, Japanese, Chinese, Italian etc.
@maximax8 (27048)
5 Sep 08
My mother tongue language is English. I am very keen on traveling and have been to a few other countries where it is the national language. I enjoyed traveling to the USA, Australia, New Zealand, St Lucia, Belize and Ireland. I haven't yet been to Canada or South Africa but I would really like to go to both those countries. In 2006 I went to Mexico and Guatemala and heard Spanish being spoken. Wow! I thought that it was a delightful sounding language. Currently I am learning Spanish with travel to Central American countries like Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. I haven't yet been to South America but it is at the top of my travel wish list. I would love to know enough Spanish to get by there quite easily. When I was at secondary school I learned French for five years and I spoke it when I went to French Polynesia. I have traveled a lot in Europe and German is spoken in Germany, Austria and part of Switzerland. I felt at home in Australia and New Zealand but both are very different to my home country. Yes, each country is different even though they share the same language.
@shyama86 (73)
5 Sep 08
When you happen to be in a different country always makes you feel uncomfortable, the main reason being communication- that is you wont be able to talk the same language of the people of that area and when you see somebody who can speak of your own language, what a relief -you will be too happy, you will have a feeling of being in your place. Let their culture and history be different. If you know their language that itself is a plus point since you will be able to understand them , their customs, their religion easily.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
5 Sep 08
Yeah, i will feel very much comfortable if i were to go to a country tht speaks the same language as i do ^_^ SUch as U.S.A, UK, china, taiwan, hongkong, malaysia and indonesia ^_^ Because singaporeans are well versed in both english and chinese, so we will have not much problems in communicating, as well as other dialects whereby we get to use in places like hongkong ^_^ As for chinese language, all most asian countries speaks chinesea and so there's no problem too ^_^ Thus, most singaporeans will normally visit those places for holidays ^_^
@bombshell (11268)
• Germany
4 Sep 08
hi there,when my first time in germany i heared only their own language except my husband,my husband speal english to me but still different compare to talk in our own language.when i went to grocery i met this filipna from camiguin,she was 21 years in germany that time,when i heared that she speak Visayan i could cry to hear and talkn in one language,its like i am walking on the air.really it was great experienced.if you are in a different country but you are in your kababayan yes it feels like we are in Philippines except no snow in Philippines and not fully packed hahaha.
@rainmark (4307)
4 Sep 08
That's wonderful no need to practice new language everytime you go somewhere only the accent is the difference.You can assure that there's no words barrier between you and the people, and you can communicate well to them, How wish that there's a country in this world who has the same language as mine which is tagalog but i notice that some of the tagalog words are came from spanish and we are using that until now. so maybe when i go to spain, i understand some of the words.cheers!