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    Question about Britain

    Hi teachers,

    Here is my question:

    If I were born in London,UK.And some foreigners asked me where I come from,which one of the following sounds right? I'm just a little confused between the three. This question has been on my mind for quite some times since I started to learn english. I mean,if u were born in Norway,u'd say "I come from Norway." Id u were born in Scotland,u'd say "i caome from Scotland". No confusion,if u see what i'd saying.

    1. I come from Britain.
    2. I come from England.
    3. I come from UK.

    which one do the British use the most?

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    Should one say "I'm an English" or "I'm British",which one is more common?

    Thanks.

    Amigo


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    #3

    Re: Question about Britain

    I'd like to know this , too...


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    #4

    Re: Question about Britain

    London is in England so it is correct to say, "I come from England." However, if you are not Anglo-saxon e.g. Japanese, it would be better to say, " I am Japanese, born in England."


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    Re: Question about Britain

    thanks, but too bad that didnt answer the question. :)

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    Re: Question about Britain

    It depends. I think most would say 'I'm from England', though some would say 'Britain'. The correct term for the nationality is 'British', which is what is on the passport, but many would use 'English' instead.


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    Re: Question about Britain

    Tell me tdol, what would be your first reaction if a "black" person were to introduce himself to you as "I am Japanese" just because he was born in Japan?


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    Couldn't a 'black' person have Japanese parents?


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    Re: Question about Britain

    Couldn't a 'black' person have Japanese parents?
    I don't recall that Japan ever colonized any part of the African continent, do you??

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    Re: Question about Britain

    I have been living in Tokyo and one of the families near me consists of an Japanese woman and an African American man, with two children. The kids could say that they were Japanese as they are growing up there. However, if a person just happened to have been born there, I imagine they probably wouldn't say they were Japanese.

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