Evolution of American English and the sometimes excessive usage of the word 'Like'

Has there been any studies on how and when this came into everyday use in American English? English is a second language for me but lived 5 years in the UK growing up and when I hear American English users insert the word 'Like' into a sentence where the word has no function, even up to twice in a sentence, it makes me cringe and I start judging them in a negative manner (can't help it - no offense intended). Even more so when people in my country (even those who speak far from perfect English) adapt this. This also counts for well educated young people, perhaps it is not that common in people above a certain age?

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Are other languages as "dumb" as Americans say English is?

So you hear a lot here in the 'States about how the English language is hard even for us native speakers, especially when it comes to our spelling. So my question for you speakers of other languages is are your languages as hard to maintain a constant understanding of (or "dumb" as it is usually put) as American/English-English is?

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When an American goes to a different country and speaks their language with an American accent, is it cool in the same way as when someone comes to America and speaks English with a foreign accent?

The best example of this I can think of is when someone who is from France comes to America and speaks English, but with a French accent. People usually think it’s cool or unique. However, if it were reversed and an American went to France and spoke French in an American accent, what would people think? Or what if it’s from a totally different region, what if someone from Japan went to France and spoke French with their regular accent, what would people think?

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Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70s with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, apparently to prove Italians would like any English song. It was a hit. v.redd.it/nzh5a8wgxm161
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The difference between English and American
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Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70's with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, to prove Italians would like any English song. It was a hit. v.redd.it/txtx6602yl161
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I'm American and I don't understand why so many people here assume that if someone is typing in English means they're American.. reddit.com/gallery/k1hqjh
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Why do Brits speak English, an American language, rather than speaking some European language?
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Looking for the classics NOT written in English? I want to broaden the pool of classic authors I read from outside the well-known American and English greats. No idea where to start!

Context: I'm well-versed in the classic authors writing in English, but frankly pretty ignorant when it comes to classics from Asia, or Africa, or any of the European countries in which English isn't the first language, even.

I'm hoping to change that and would appreciate any help on where to start. I.e what are the 'must-read' classics in China, or India, or Spain, etc etc? What novel have you read from another culture, translated from another language that struck you as beautiful?

Given time I'd like to explore some traditionally recognised classics and then check out other genres from non-English writers (like a sci-fi from Poland, or a horror from Saudi Arabia for example.)

I must be missing out on so many insanely good reads by only reading novels written by English-writing authors. TIA for any recommendations!

EDIT: These suggestions are fantastic, you guys are awesome. Love this sub!

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Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70s with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, apparently to prove Italians would like any English song. It was a hit. v.redd.it/zbj1o2jqmp161
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TIL US sitcom Bewitched had a 1970 episode explicitly addressing racism. It was written by 26 African-American students from a tenth grade English class and was the favourite episode of series star Elizabeth Montgomery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
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Latin American baseball players on learning English youtu.be/XQLLqODYpqc
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Map of North American English Dialects
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TIL The first Native American who met the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony walked into their encampment and greeted them in English. Which he had begun to learn from fishermen frequenting the waters of Maine. Supposedly, he greeted them then asked if they had beer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
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Shouldn't the language that most of the world speaks be called "American" instead of "English"?
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"Americans speak English. Brits speak British. The two are as different as German and Mandarin."
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TIL English speakers of Indian descent in South Africa say "y'all" with the same meaning and pronunciation as southerners in the U.S. It is one of the few non-American instances of "y'all" in English and is attributed to coincidence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%2…
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American woman speaks English for the first time on television youtube.com/watch?v=A3gzW…
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As an American English speaker, how far back in time could I go before I couldn't understand people enough to communicate?

Someone in r/nostupidquestions said this would be a good question for you guys, so here I am!

So, because of how languages evolve over time, there must be a point where if I went back in time, the English I speak now would be unrecognizable to English speakers of the past, right? I am just curious how far that is. At what point would I no longer be able to reasonably communicate with people?
At what point would I not even recognize a single word?
Could other languages go further back?

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Virginia White Gourdseed corn I grew in my garden. This is believed to be a variety that was grown by the Native Americans in my area (shores of the southern Chesapeake Bay, Virginia) before the English arrived permanently in 1607. I use it for corn meal.
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As an Asian American that was born and lived my whole life in an English speaking country, why am I looked down upon for not knowing my parent's language? Anyone relate?

I had only English speaking friends growing up and would only use English to talk to my family. I grew up in the Midwest with 99% white people in my schools. Ever since I moved to OC people have asked me why I don't speak Korean in a condescending tone of voice. Why am I being blamed for it when my parents never enforced speaking Korean in the household? Not trying to blame my parents at all but it's strange blaming someone for not speaking a language I was never immersed in.

Eventually I took a Korean language class, started teaching myself for my own self-interest, and immersing myself in the language. I can speak in a conversational level now, no thanks to the condescending people who judged me.

It's like since I "look Asian" I must speak an Asian language. There's no possible way for me to be seen as a real American who speaks solely English. End rant.

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Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70's with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, to prove Italians would like any English song. It was a hit. v.redd.it/kh2e45fkji161
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TIL that the desk used by many presidents of the United States was named β€œResolute Desk” because it was made from pieces of wood of the HMS Resolute, a English ship discovered by an American in Artica, repaired and sent back to England as a sign of friendship between the two countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
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Why are Native American names usually translated into English while other names are not?

It seems that there is a pattern of Native American names being translated into English. Some famous examples would be Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Cornplanter, etc. On the other hand, names from other cultures are almost never literally translated into English, but transliterated (if written in a different alphabet). Why don't we refer to Hirohito as "Abundant Benevolence?" What is the history behind this tendency?

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What's in a name? Why do some linguists not call it African American Vernacular English (AAVE) anymore? β€” Language Jones languagejones.com/blog-1/…
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Are there any native speakers of American English who would be willing to record short answers to some questions, so that non-native English speakers could listen, learn, and improve their English?

Hello everyone!

I'm an English teacher from Russia, and I'm trying to create more resources for low-level students.

I'd greatly appreciate it if some of you could answer some of my questions and record them, and send them to me. The questions are really simple.

These recordings aren't going to be sold or posted publicly. They are only for educational purposes.

Any accents or ages are more than welcome.

PM me if you can help and I will send you the questions and some more instructions.

Thank you very much!

UPD: Thank you guys so very much! You are all so wonderful! I'll try and reach out to everyone who's already responded, there are so many of you great people. I definitely didn't expect that many responses. My heart is filled with gratitude for your kindness!

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TIL the phrase "Long time no see" was originally a "broken English" phrase - the phrase has its origin from either a Native American or Chinese phrase npr.org/sections/codeswit…
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An English Speaking American using a French pen to learn Japanese!
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Working from home breakfast sandwich - sausage, over easy egg, American cheese, & Cholula chili garlic hot sauce on a toasted English muffin! So satisfying!
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Palmer Woods, Michigan: The historic PW district is an African-American majority enclave famed for its distinct, English style estates and large grounds. While Detroit has struggled due to reliance on the once thriving auto industry, PW maintains some of the lowest crime rates in the entire state.
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β€œInstagram is an American app and in the US you can only speak English”
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Palmer Woods, Michigan: The historic PW district is an African-American majority enclave famed for its distinct, English style estates and large grounds. While Detroit has struggled due to reliance on the once thriving auto industry, PW maintains some of the lowest crime rates in the entire state.
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"-stein" pronunciation in American English

Why is "-stein" pronounced differently in "Einstein," "Frankenstein," "Weinstein," and "Epstein" when these are all drawn from German?

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When I was leaning English I read the word β€œfixing” and I didn’t know what it meant. So I got my physical copy of the Oxford American dictionary and this was their definition
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Would you expect naturalised citizens to adapt American English?

See what I did there? No but seriously would you expect them to adapt US pronounciation, spelling and slang? Also would you make a difference between English native speakers and non-native speakers?

Edit after 4 hours: I guess did not make my point clear. I did not want to ask if people should learn English at all, but those who already know it -espcially nativ speakers from other parts- should alter their English to American English. Yeah most of you thankfully ansewered that question to some degree, but just to clarify for further answers.

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Multilingual Americans, how many languages apart from English do you speak and did you speak it from birth and then English, or English and your background's mother tongue?

How often have you used the multilingual to translate for work, especially if you work for small businesses?

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Study finds that many non-native speakers of English prefer Dutch-accented English above native (British or American) English journals.plos.org/plosone…
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TIL that a the reason why the American and English accents are different is partially because of the Rhotic β€˜R’ - Americans pronounce it, the English don’t. As an example, Card (pronounced CAHD in England became) CARRD in America. rd.com/article/american-b…
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The car manual I bought comes with an English to American dictionary.
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Why do other countries have to learn English as part of their educational system, yet so few Americans, and people of other English-dominant countries, are fluent in other languages?
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What are the best English-language news sources for an American trying to keep up with Israeli news?

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As someone who speaks American English, how far back in time could I go before my vocabulary is mostly unrecognizable and I couldn't successfully communicate with anyone?

Because of how languages evolve over time, there must be a point where if I went back in time, the English I speak now would be unrecognizable to English speakers of the past, right? I am just curious how far that is. At what point would I no longer be able to reasonably communicate with people?

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