Do You Speak American?

  • 2005
  • 1 Season
  • TV-PG

Three-part linguistic tour of the U.S., conducted by veteran TV newsman Robert MacNeil, who explored the English language's role in the world in the 1986 PBS series `The Story of English.'

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Season 1, Episode 3 Hour 3

First Aired: January 5, 2005

Robert MacNeil concludes his three-part linguistic tour of the U.S. on the West Coast, where he listens to valley girls and surfer dudes, Chicanos, blacks, gays and computers (not to mention one snowboarder who uses the word “like” 13 times in one 74-word sound bite). Summing up, the 73-year-old MacNeil thinks “the American language” has a bright future, adding: “And like, how cool is that?”

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