British Stand-up Comedian Eddie Izzard on Englishes

Eddie Izzard is a “male lesbian” with killer wit on killer heels.

Englishes refer to varieties of spoken English throughout the world.

“Whereas the English-speaking world was formerly perceived as a hierarchy of parent (Britain) and children (‘the colonies’), it is now seen rather as a family of varieties. The English of England, the original source of all the World Englishes, is now seen as one of the ‘family’ of world English varieties, with its own peculiarities and its own distinctive vocabulary.” –

So if you think there is such a thing as ‘native’ English speakers, think again. Even the British have their Englishes, from Queen’s English (which is what you hear on BBC) to Yorkshire, Manchester etc. In other words, it’s what we Singaporeans know as dialects.


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