Most Southern U.S. English speakers make no phonic distinction between “pen” and “pin” and this is one of the most widely recognized features of Southern speech today.
Many phrases in English come from literal translations of Chinese phrases, such as “long time no see”, “no go”, “lose face” and “no can do”.
Until it was forcibly suppressed during WWI, German was language, the second most widely spoken language in the USA, with many local governments, schools, and newspapers operating in German.
French and Italian have a lexical similarity (the degree of similarity between two languages) rating of .89, and generally languages are considered dialects if the similarity is above .85.
A guy working for the European Union speaks 32 languages fluently.
There is a small island in the US state of Virginia. Its in inhabitants speak the same language as its settlers in 1686-some linguists consider it the closest surviving accent to Shakespearean English.
90% of Dutch, 89% of Norwegians, 86% of Swedes, and 86% of Danes can speak English, while only 85.18% of Canadians can.
During World War 2, US troops would use the word “lollapalooza” to root out Japanese spies. Anyone who pronounced the first two syllables as “rorra” was gunned down on sight.
Kobe Bryant speaks fluent Italian.
British people used to have American sounding accents, not the other way around.
There is a dialect of German only spoken in Texas.