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Heard an interesting item on French news this morning about new moves in Education system In UK.

According to the report ,the UK Government have decided to implement, as of today, initiatives to replace standard English spelling with American spellings, hence colour will be color and though will be tho etc According to a governement spokesman this is to help the immigrant population intergrate more fully into British Society. They quoted a him ( funny how it is alwasy a him and always nameless!) as saying most of the Eglish speaking immigrants had learnt what English they knew from American teaching materials abroad and as thier had been complaints from leading minority groups to this effect , it would be fairer to adopt the American standard of spelling as the English system would unfairly discriminate against them putting them at a further disadvantage within teh English Education system.

Certianly here the children learn American rather than English, which for our bilingual children makes for some interesting converations with their teachers when it comes to verb conjegation, for instance French kids are taught"gotten" which I hate! As the spokesman said, and you will have to forgive my paraphrasing here , "British citizens msut realise that English is no longer the linguafranca in the wolrd and the days of the Empire are long gone. Plans are also afoot to replace French with a choice of Polish or Ukranian dialect as the second language in Uk schools. You can imaigne how overjoyed the French reporter was with that little gem.

I wonder if the news had been published in the Uk yet or whether it was another of those sneaky little things that the Govt put into place with out tellling anyone? It will be interesting to see what happens.

My computer will be happy at least as it insists if I type in Englsh it uses an American dictionary not the English one. Mind you in my case I'll settle for anything vaguely recognisable on the spelling front!

Posted at 1st Apr 2008 - 08:08AM   Posted by Unpeuloufoque   Has this gotten thru to the Uk press yet? Comments: 12

Faith's Avatar ShockedSad Personally you'd never get me to write color instead of colour and the like. It's a bit like this Happy Holidays thing instead of Happy Christmas.

PS Thanks for the tag Un Peu but I did mine a while ago having been tagged by Muddie and not half so interesting as your little gems!

Posted by: Faith on 1st Apr 2008 at 08:11AM

Elizabethd's Avatar That is AWFUL!

Posted by: Elizabethd on 1st Apr 2008 at 08:20AM

Elizabethd's Avatar On second thoughts.............could this be a Poisson D'Avril, UPL? Bearing in mind today's date!

Posted by: Elizabethd on 1st Apr 2008 at 08:44AM

Mootia's Avatar Yes, I agree with Elizabeth - has to be the April Fools...? well, I'm blurdey well hoping it is!

Posted by: Mootia on 1st Apr 2008 at 08:47AM

Fennie's Avatar No I hadn't heard that report but what you say is perfectly true of course.
And the French language will be abolished - at least - it will be reduced to surviving in the rural and less picturesque corners of Brittany and the Auverne. Educated people will speak the world's lingua franca and part of Nicolas Sarkozy's recent deal with Mr Brown was to provide more English teachers and exports of BBC television to France to help this process. Mr S's speech to the Houses of Parliament was possibly the last speech to be given by any President in French. After all if our relations are to become amical we might as well speak the same language and spell it logically.

Posted by: Fennie on 1st Apr 2008 at 08:51AM

SallysChateau's Avatar No UP is being entirely serious, 'kids' over here are taught American rather than English too. Anyway we all know that the woman has absolutely no sense of humour whatsover. I think its a jolly good idea, we must all move along with the times, 'get with it dude' is often addressed to me by confused French students who are under the misapprehension that they are merely being polite in asking after my welfare. Rolling Eyes

Posted by: SallysChateau on 1st Apr 2008 at 08:58AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Alas Fennie how true! Only yesterday we had lunch out and were served by a french waitress who insisted on speaking to us in Englsih( always annoying at the best of times) but in an Australian accent of which she was very proud...the rot has set in...

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 1st Apr 2008 at 09:22AM

Cait's Avatar You very nearly got me going UPL!

Posted by: Cait on 1st Apr 2008 at 09:29AM

Westerwitch's Avatar April Fool . . .Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Westerwitch on 1st Apr 2008 at 09:41AM

Beeb found flying penguins today

Posted by: Miss penelope on 1st Apr 2008 at 11:15AM

Camilla's Avatar April Fool maybe...Rolling Eyes

Beeb also found flying pigs

Posted by: Camilla on 1st Apr 2008 at 12:48PM

Pondside's Avatar What's a Beeb?

Posted by: Pondside on 1st Apr 2008 at 02:41PM

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