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    (Original post by madders94)
    I get the accent difficulties when I'm speaking English to English people, they say I have a Welsh accent, when I'm speaking Welsh to Welsh people (and English people), they say I have a West Mids accent
    A west mids accent?? When you're speaking welsh? Now this I have to hear!
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    (Original post by IAmTheKing)
    A west mids accent?? When you're speaking welsh? Now this I have to hear!
    I can't hear it that well so I think it's fading, but I still get comments on it. I was fluent in Welsh by three, a year after moving from the West Midlands so my accent was still really strong, now THAT was funny to hear
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    I'm British with Irish ancestry.
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    (Original post by madders94)
    I get the accent difficulties when I'm speaking English to English people, they say I have a Welsh accent, when I'm speaking Welsh to Welsh people (and English people), they say I have a West Mids accent
    this!
    I live in Newcastle, and when I'm here everyone just says I talk 'posh' or have a 'southern' accent, but then when I've been in London visiting friends they say I sound geordie! I guess I'll never really know.
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    You're Irish OP.
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    Don't be.

    You are what you are, do not let anyone label you as what you should be.

    Race, is just used as statistics nowadays, I would not pay attention to it.

    All you have to do is be proud of whomever you are.

    Good Luck
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    A lot interesting stories on here thanks guys.

    Interesting that so many people have moved around and can understand that its not always about where you are born (far too simplistic IMO) but how you feel personally.
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    I was born in London, lived in London for 10 years. Moved to York (bleugh), been there for 7 years.

    My mum is fully Belgian. My dad is English, with Jewish background. But still English.

    I have a Belgian passport. But I've never lived in Belgium.

    So, there we go - who am I...?

    Oh, also, I speak no Flemish (obviously I know some words) and my only language is English.

    Most of you will just say "oh he's Belgian (the passport)" but look at my life!
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    (Original post by Dollygirl)
    this!
    I live in Newcastle, and when I'm here everyone just says I talk 'posh' or have a 'southern' accent, but then when I've been in London visiting friends they say I sound geordie! I guess I'll never really know.
    I feel so sorry for you! I'm from London, talking NORMALLY. When I'm up in York, they say I'm posh. And when I go back to London (it's worn off now) the used to say I was a northerner!
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    (Original post by Annie72)
    I'm British with Irish ancestry.
    Dude, no offense, but you're either Irish, Welsh, Scottish or English. Don't say British!
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    (Original post by jumpingjesusholycow)
    "Oh, I'm a quarter Oyy-rish, I'm basically from Dublin"..
    lol, I find this adorable

    I've a mate from Dublin and he's just awesome; humble, friendly and helpful - what more could you ask from a friend?

    But he gave us the :lolwut: if we asked him anything that's related to England as if he's a native lol.
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    (Original post by Fusion)
    I think it verges on the ridiculous for someone who was, say, born and bred in London to then claim they're Irish via their parents.
    Why? If they identify at least in part with Irish culture why would that be ridiculous?
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    I'm English before I'm British


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    (Original post by MrBlueMo0n)
    Dude, no offense, but you're either Irish, Welsh, Scottish or English. Don't say British!
    Why not? :confused: Someone can consider themselves British if they want.
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    im half asian half lebanese
    born in britain,
    some people from here say you british.
    some people say **** off your not british

    im confused as **** right about now
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    I know how this feels.

    I was born in London to an English mother and an Irish father. We moved to Ireland when I was 4 where I lived until I was 18. At 18 I moved to Wales where I have been living for the last 2 and a half years.
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    (Original post by Psyk)
    Why not? :confused: Someone can consider themselves British if they want.
    But you can't! You can be a British citizen if you want, and basically you are. But you have a nationality, and it's not British, because that's not a nationality!
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    (Original post by MrBlueMo0n)
    But you can't! You can be a British citizen if you want, and basically you are. But you have a nationality, and it's not British, because that's not a nationality!
    Why isn't it a nationality?

    My passport begs to differ:

    (Original post by my passport)
    Nationality: British citizen
    Nationality does have a legal definition and according to that definition, British is a nationality and English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish are not. Outside of the legal definition, then surely nationality can be whatever you want as it's whatever "nation" you identify with. And some people might identify more strongly with the UK as a whole and consider that to be their "nation" rather than any particular region of it.
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    (Original post by Psyk)
    Why not? :confused: Someone can consider themselves British if they want.
    I've been researching a little, and maybe you can call yourself British (officially). I wasn't saying before that you're not allowed, I was thinking more along the lines of it not being technically correct.

    You know what, I'm still not sure.
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    (Original post by MrBlueMo0n)
    I've been researching a little, and maybe you can call yourself British (officially). I wasn't saying before that you're not allowed, I was thinking more along the lines of it not being technically correct.

    You know what, I'm still not sure.
    Well there's nothing "technically" incorrect about it. If anything, saying your nationality is "English" is technically incorrect as under the technical legal definition, there is no such thing as English nationality.

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