other continents. sorry~
Where are you from, BigSis? I see you are posting from Beijing, but your total command of idiomatic American English makes me think you are from the U.S. ?
everytime ANYONE views this thread the count goes up, that means someone who voted/created/replied on this thread gets counted more than once
and I'm in the US... in the largest state (you can put Texas in it three times and there'd still be room for more!) of ALASKA!
Not quite clear what the poll asks - do you really want to know where people are "from", meaning where they were born, or rather were they live and how they identify themselves. For example, I voted America because this is where I live and how I self identify, but I am actually from Russia.
^^^@ Mathman: you speak truly. However, I have lived in my current location for many years, and have spent 1/3 of my (rather substantial middle aged) life in China + SE Asia, including many years growing up over here. I am now a stranger in my own land.
Canada is a country, but is also a member of the Common Wealth which links us to Great Britain. Although Canada does have it's own constitution and Prime Minister, Queen Elizabeth of England was conferred with the title Queen of Canada in 1953 and is still our Head of State. So we as a nation are still closely linked with Great Britain. That is why many of our laws and customs - not to mention spelling - are British based.
Last edited by Ladskater; 01-09-2010 at 01:32 PM.
No, we don't call ourselves N. Americans, but that's very much a Canadian way of defining ourselves as "not Americans"
North America has three [BIG] countries, but only the US seems to use "American" to describe ourselves. "Native American" - I'm not sure if that's just for the US native peoples (I know canadian publicans refer to Indians/Eskimo/Other tribal peoples as "First People").
Canada = Canadians
Mexico = Mexican/Hispanic
USA = Americans (we're the "United States of America" so I think that's where it comes from, not like the idea that floats around these boards on occasion that we have the arrogance to think we're the only ones on this continent. We're well aware of Canada and Mexico... and SOUTH America)
Last edited by Tonichelle; 01-09-2010 at 03:57 PM.
Central America and the Carribean are part of N. America, so I think that's something like 23 countries (wiki)
That said, I have met Americans who didn't know where Canada was, so it's not like that idea was borne out of nothing.