Re: How should non-native speakers call the United States in casual conversations?
Question - does the term "native American" not suggest that someone was born in the USA and is therefore American by birth? I only ask because I have met many people who describe themselves as "Afro-American" but some were born in the USA and others were born elsewhere, moved to the USA and have since been naturalised. Those naturalised citizens can, of course, on that basis, call themselves "American" when referring to their citizenship (or nationality in BrE), but presumably you would not expect someone who was born in, for example, Ghana, then moved to the USA when they were ten years old and then later obtained American citizenship to refer to themselves as a native American. Am I correct?
Originally Posted by billmcd
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