Originally Posted by keenan
I've always thought it was interesting that a country that has such a small land mass, and has been civilized for so long, still has such diverse and very different sounding accents, and even languages within the country of England itself.
Apart from Cornish I can't think of that many different languages, other than English, spoken within England. (And I don't think there are many people who speak Cornish as a first language)
There are other languages spoken in Wales and Scotland, and I believe Northern Ireland - but these aren't in England... (They are in GB and the UK - but England is only one bit of GB and the UK) (*)
We do have some pretty huge accent swings within each nation of the UK as well though - both regionally and at different 'class' levels within a region. (Horrible to say that 'class' still plays a major impact - but it does. The old saying that you can tell a lot about someone's background as soon as they open their mouth is very true in the UK. Not something to be proud of as a country IMHO)
(*) Distinguishing between England and the UK/GB is pretty important if you want to avoid insulting people not from England! (If you describe someone from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland as English, they won't be best pleased...)