Me:*Reads the Title of this Thread.... then Leaps opon the nearest Soapbox*ahem,'America' is a Continental Landmass... it is NOT a country.For instance,you can be from Canada, U.S., or Mexico... all would make you AMERICAN.Just as, being from France, Spain, or Germany... all would make you EUROPEAN.*Steps off Soapbox*As for the substance of your thread... i have definitely seen it play a factor for some folks.... (based on a resentment towards Outsourcing).But... if you are thinking about putting together a Training Course... i say Go For it!There's still plenty of folks who only care about the quality of the content.Good Luck!
ABN_Sigo said:You're talking about North American vs American. American is a nationality of a citizen of the United States of America. Someone who has the misplaced enthusiasm of yelling 'Murica anywhere lol. North American is someone from the continent of North America. Canadian and American and Mexican.....
volfkhat said:It's silly to accept the notion that one country can own the naming rights for an entire continent.
To jump on the tangent, volfkhat, I see your point - I used to espouse the same perspective.The United States of America is abbreviated as either "The United States" or "America." In Spanish, the terms for someone from the US are "Estadounidense" and "Americano," each emphasizing a different aspect of the full, official name of the USA, and yet both referring to the same citizenship. But in English, the only term for a citizen of the US is "American," similar to to a citizen of Canada being a Canadian, a citizen of the Federal Republic of Germany being a German (rather than a Federal Republican), and a citizen of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka being a Sri Lankan (rather than a Democratic Socialist Republican). Perhaps most relevant is this: Mexico's official name is "Estados Unidos Mexicanos" (United States of Mexico or United Mexican States). And yet we call people from the United States of Mexico "Mexicans" (by the way, this is the example that was a turning point in my use of the term "American" many years ago).If we're being descriptive and not prescriptive, while "American" can refer to an inhabitant of either North or South America, it most commonly refers to a citizen of the US, while "North American" or "South American" is more often used to refer to an inhabitant of one of those continents (speaking from personal experience having lived in the US, Mexico, Argentina, Senegal, and Costa Rica, as well as from academic training in linguistics). And in the Americas, when speaking of a person's identity, their country of origin or citizenship is much more emphasized in than their continent of inhabitance . I realize that Europe may be different - I have not yet had the privilege of visiting that continent, so my experience in that realm is limited to contact with European relative and friends. Perhaps the question is more one of citizenship vs inhabitance.Having said all that, titling this thread, "IT Courses in English Recorded by Non-Native English Speakers" would probably have been more to the point. I appreciate the friendly discussion, all around.