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US English vs. UK English
Would you rather see US English or UK English in SpaceEngine?
1.I prefer US English[ 12 ][34.29%]
2.I prefer UK English[ 9 ][25.71%]
3.I am a native speaker, prefer US[ 6 ][17.14%]
4.I am a native speaker, prefer UK[ 4 ][11.43%]
5.I have no opinion[ 4 ][11.43%]
Answers total: 35
HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 09:57 | Message # 1
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Which type of English would you rather see used in SpaceEngine? UK English has long been more common internationally, but in recent years US English has started becoming increasingly common as well. My question is: which would you rather see?

I particularly want to hear from non-native speakers of English.

If English is not your first language, use one of the first poll options. If English is your native language, use the poll options that say "I am a native speaker...".

If you're not sure what the difference is between US and UK English, I will provide some examples below. All examples are in UK : US format.

grey : gray
colour : color
disc : disk
aeroplane : airplane
realise : realize
defence : defense
aluminium : aluminum
criticise : criticize
metre : meter
analyse : analyze
catalogue : catalog
encyclopaedia : encyclopedia
programme : program





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apenpaapDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 11:50 | Message # 2
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I greatly prefer UK English myself, and I'm no native speaker.




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HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 11:52 | Message # 3
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I greatly prefer UK English myself, and I'm no native speaker

Okay apenpaap, thanks for the input smile





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neutronium76Date: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 12:21 | Message # 4
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Even after living for 5 years in the UK, I can not decide. My grammar, spelling and vocabulary is poor so I guess I can live with both if you native speakers can live with mine tongue .

PS: I didn't know that UK English was more popular worldwide. I thought that US English would be more appealing to international non native English speakers. This is what I normally choose to install with programs, OSs etc if there is no option for my native language (which is usually the case for Greek ;-) ) . I though that UK English is too English for internationals biggrin !





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CyberItalianDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 12:40 | Message # 5
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I'm italian, and for years i've been tought english by UK native-speakers (mainly)

but, tho, my rather.... constant presence around in the internet brought me to use a bit of both US and UK english, specially when writing down things like now (althought i try to stick to UK english when speaking to general "audience").
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 13:25 | Message # 6
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I didn't know that UK English was more popular worldwide

I had the impression that is was more common, partially because so many places in the world are former British colonies, and so have a UK English tradition, and also because UK-style English is just more "entrenched" worldwide since it was the dominant style for so long of a time. But as I stated, in recent years US English has begun rapidly gaining in popularity, largely due to the internet and computers, and also because it is easier than UK English for beginners to learn.





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Edited by HarbingerDawn - Saturday, 15.09.2012, 13:29
 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 13:33 | Message # 7
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I think US English is simplified but it works and to me sounds better






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DoctorDukeDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 13:49 | Message # 8
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While I'm not a native speaker of English, I prefer the US English, since it has been thought to me at a young age.
 
HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 14:04 | Message # 9
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I think US English is simplified

It replaces some letters with letters that make more phonetic sense, and removes other letters that don't contribute at all. If that's simplified, then simplifying is a good thing cool





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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 14:11 | Message # 10
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If that's simplified, then simplifying is a good thing


Thats exactly what I meant happy





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HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 14:34 | Message # 11
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DoctorOfSpace, I only see one response under "Native speaker, prefer US", and I know it's not yours. Did you not vote?




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DoctorOfSpaceDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 14:43 | Message # 12
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Did you not vote?


I attempted to but Firefox doesn't seem to like polls. I voted for #3 but I think it put in for the first option, such is life when using Firefox with a whole bunch of plugins.





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HarbingerDawnDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 14:45 | Message # 13
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Firefox doesn't seem to like polls

Strange. I use Firefox and have no problems at all.





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AycemanDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 17:22 | Message # 14
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I prefer US English (though I do use a few UK words as well, like aluminium). I think that most of Central, East, and South-East Europe prefers US too.

Edited by Ayceman - Saturday, 15.09.2012, 17:22
 
PrometheusRisingDate: Saturday, 15.09.2012, 17:37 | Message # 15
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I'm a Brit, and obviously prefer UK English. Not only am I more familiar with it, I can't help but look at some US variations and say "But that's wrong!" like aluminum and airplane.

Perhaps we could have options with SpaceEngine? Just have a box next to US and UK English, and tick the one you want?
 
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