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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
Learn English in September

Where are you from?

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This discussion was created from comments split from: Word association.


  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    I read this article and thought it an interesting view on how this simple question can sometimes get complicated.

    Where do you say you come from? And how important are regions or cities within your country? Do you answer the question with the place where you were born, grew up (if different) or where you just happen to live now? Or if you have more than one nationality, do you confuse people by giving them the country of your passport rather than any of the above?


  • teosshteossh Posts: 15 Inactive
    I'm Asian and I was asked the same question many times while I was enjoying my vacation in Europe and the United States. I was given 'the look' when I told them I was from Amsterdam. Don't you think it is ridiculous that people from Amsterdam should look like Dutch or European? Well, what I am trying to say is that people should know there are immigrants living all around the world.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    I sometimes ask "Where are you originally from?" (if the person obviously has an accent) or "Where did your family come from originally?"

    I often get confused when asked the question and mumble that I grew up in the UK but now prefer to live in Asia.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,227 mod
    edited October 2014
    Apparently, it's easier for European or American to live in Asian countries than the opposite, is it?
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    I don't know @april. I think it can be very hard for anyone to adjust to life in the west if they aren't used to the culture there.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0
    i live in an outstanding countary where I have lots of memories and i never want to leave it even if there is a war in it.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Which country do you live in @zrelts1387‌? From your comment, does this mean there is a war there now?
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Welcome @Alla. There are a few fellow Ukrainians here at the Forum.
  • aryarchiaryarchi Posts: 864 ✭✭✭✭
    As I have told,Im Iranian
    Pure culture and History of Persians is what we are proud of!
    We have also different cities with different cultures here.
    Persian is our official language,also many people living here speaking Turkish.
    from north and south we are limited to Caspian sea and Persian gulf.
    Unfortunately we are not having a good relation with many countries and thats what bothering many people nowadys.
    have any of you heard any about Irans nuclear program at all?!!!!
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0
    i am black African. I from purest Africa. if you know Africa with her regions. my country is guinea. (Conakry).
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Welcome @Elhadj. I'm not sure I know much at all about your country. What can you tell us about it?
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    I am originally from France, but now I say that I am from England. If anybody bothers to dig any deeper, I will tell them that I am from London, and if they ask for more than that I will tell them which part of London. Most people seem to be happy just saying London, though, but if I tell them that I was from France originally they seem to be interested in hearing where I was from, even though they might not know where it is, as it isn't a tourist hotspot.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Do you have a French accent @GemmaRowlands? I usually ask 'where in London?' when someone replies they're from London, but that's only because I used to live in London.

    People in Nepal when you you ask them where they are from nearly always say 'Nepal' and you have to dig to find out where in Nepal. But since most people don't seem to know where Nepal is, it's fairly understandable!

    So where in London do you live @GemmaRowlands?
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,090 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I live in a part of Cracow where there was nothing but an oak forest some centuries ago. :)

    Here you have carmen macaronicum:

    Est prope wysokum celeberrima silva Krakovum,
    Quercubus insignis, multo miranda żołędzio,
    Istuleam spectans wodam Gdańskumąue gościńcum;
    Dąbie nomen habet, Dąbie dixere priores.

    quercus - oak ;) - dąb

    cf. The term ‘macaronic’ is used by literary critics to describe two forms of bilingualism found in Middle English poetry (and elsewhere in Europe too). In the stricter sense it describes the addition of Latin endings to vernacular words to create an effect like schoolboy dog Latin or the modern Franglais; in the looser sense it describes any mixing of words in different languages. ‘Macaronic’ seems to have been used first in the stricter sense in Italy in the late fifteenth century, and this usage was encouraged by the sixteenth-century Italian writer Teofilo Folengo in his long macaronic poem Baldus , where his explanation of the term is not complimentary: This poetic art is called ‘macaronic’ from macarones , which are a certain dough made up of flour, cheese, and butter, thick, coarse, and rustic. Thus, macaronic poems must have nothing but fat, coarseness, and gross words in them. ( Wenzel 1994 : 3) In the fifteenth-century morality play Mankind , for instance, the vice Nought deploys macaronics in this sense to mock the pious use of formal Latinate speech and biblical quotations: Mankind: Davide seyeth, ‘ Nec in hasta, nec in gladio, salvat Dominus '. (David says, ‘The Lord saves neither with the spear nor with the sword’) Nought: No, mary, I beschrew yow, it is in spadibus ! curse Therfor Cristys curse cum on yowr hedibus ! heads (Mankind 397–400; Bevington 1975 : 917)
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    I'm from Brazil. I live in Brazilia and hardly ever go travelling, unfortunately. Actually, I never went overseas. :/ If things go according to schedule, I'll be heading towards Europe next year, preferably to UK...
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2015
    You spell Kracow with a 'c' @Xanthippe. Is Kracow with a 'k' correct too? I visited this beautiful city once, many years ago.

    Why do you want to visit the UK @Heber?
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,090 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge In Polish it's Kraków. I have seen Cracow in English texts.

    It is beautiful but polluted. :(
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Is there any city that isn't polluted @Xanthippe?
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,090 ✭✭✭✭✭
    True, but my city lies in a valley and this is particularly bad. :(
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Kathmandu has the same problem @Xanthippe. Worse still, as well as everyone owning motorbikes (cars are too expensive for most people), there are brick factories all over the valley, as the soil here is very good for making bricks. But I think there is a massive problem right across the Gangetic plain and Delhi counts as one of the most pollluted cities in the world.
  • karimige2karimige2 Posts: 7
    I am from Algeria, if you know It is located at north of Africa, I live in Djelfa city, a very cold town. the last year I visited Northern Ireland, I stayed in Derry about a month.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Welcome to the Forum @karimige2.

    When you say Djelfa is a very cold town, do you mean just in winter? Surely it must be very hot in the summer?
  • karimige2karimige2 Posts: 7
    Exactly @mheredj, it's hot in the summer.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0
    Hello everyone:) I'm from Poland
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Welcome to the Forum @chica. Where in Poland do you come from? @Xanthippe is also from Poland.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,090 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes, right, :) @mheredge.
  • Shehan NonisShehan Nonis Posts: 3
    Hi,I'm from Sri Lanka and currently living in Malaysia.It's really disappointing that some of the people in Malaysia never heard of it.I had to tell them that it's located right under the India.
  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0
    I live in Kraków like @Xanthippe :smile:
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 2,090 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @chica What a concidence :)
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,838 ✭✭✭✭
    Nice! Maybe @chica and @Xanthippe you can practice speaking English face to face!

    @Shehan_Nonis I'm very surprised that you find people have never heard of Sri Lanka. I wonder if they know it by it's old fashioned name (Ceylon)?

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