If we Americans are not from England. Then why do we speak English?
- 1 year ago
You must have heard of the Pilgrim Fathers. They came from Boston, Lincolnshire in England. They were the first white migrant settlers on US soil.
English is of Germanic origin, because of Anglo-Saxon settlers colonizing it in the 5th century. Before then it can be traced back to Sanskrit, which is a dead ancient Indian tongue. Language is transient and constantly evolving.
- 1 year ago
We Americans speak "American" English not British English. Ask any Brit and they will tell you that we "don't even speak proper English."
- FlagMichaelLv 71 year ago
We speak American, which strongly resembles English, the land of origin for the most influential colonists. A few miles north of me, on the Navajo reservation, it is common to meet people who do not speak American at all.
"Indeed, in many respects, she was quite English, and was an excellent example of the fact that we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language." - Oscar Wilde, "The Canterville Ghost"
- Anonymous1 year ago
the Traitor Washington took the USA there was a Vote German or English English I believe won by one Vote
50,000 British convicts sent to Georgia says you are British based
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- LaurieLv 71 year ago
We brought it with us from England when we first arrived. It served us well, so there was no need to invent another language.
The leaders of the early settlements who developed our government continued to speak English, for the most part, and so our official language became English. Later settlers wanted to assimilate, and so it made their lives easier to speak the official language
(By the way, American natives, as well as many American settlers, at first, did NOT speak English.)
- 1 year ago
For the same reasons people in S. America and Mexico speak Spanish...
- JeffreyLv 71 year ago
Because the overwhelming majority of the people who originally settled here were from England and that is the only language the spoke.
- humptyLv 71 year ago
The first colonists spoke English. My many times great grandfather George Calvert, Earl of Baltimore, is a prime example. Later arrivals learned English as the majority language just as later waves of immigrants will no doubt continue to do.
- u_bin_calledLv 71 year ago
all the signs are printed in English....
- ОϾUԼUЅLv 71 year ago
Out of convention. The first settlers spoke English, and it just sort of stuck.