If you are interested in English and our language as it is spoken, you will find the Pants post on the subject interesting. The linked article to a piece in The Economist is a good read.
I grew up with an Australian version of British English and I will continue to use it until I die. The differences between British English and American English intrigue me, but there is nothing wrong with American English. It is just a bit different a times to what I know. Only the ex colonies seem to hang on to British English. It will die around the world and then perhaps even in England. There you go France, if you are forced to use English, use American English to piss orf the Brits.
I have already noticed I have slipped into American forms of words or sayings, even though I consciously don't wish to. American English will become the lingua franca of the world, if it is not already.
If you find this depressing, cheer up. It seems like mobile for your mobile phone is winning and cell is disappearing.
If you did any reading of the links I gave you above you will perhaps have an opinion on whether English is difficult to learn. There are suggestions that because certain things in English don't follow any rules, that it is very difficult, meaning you have to know these things off by heart. "i before e, except after c", was one I can recall. "except for weight", was added, and others I subsequently discovered.
I can only really recall that rule, which doesn't work very well, and the following three, all of which I am know to breach often enough.
Don't say 'got'. It does sound ugly at times, and generally I try to avoid it.
Don't end a sentence with 'it'. There, I just did it twice. Mostly laziness on my part. You often have to rearrange the sentence to avoid using it. If I am trying to write or speak proper like, I don't do it. But you can sound a bit overly correct by not using it at the end of a sentence.
Don't start and sentence with 'And'. It is a useful dramatic device and I will continue to use it. Sorry, take two. It is a useful dramatic device which I will continue to use.
V's work in Japan is in the education field, yet we both agreed that neither of us were taught much in the way of rules of grammar at school. Conjunctive verbs? Is that what makes your eyes clag up, or your bottom itch?
Clearly we learnt the right way to do it from experience, that is reading, writing, talking and listening. There may be gaps on my part that I need to watch for, but lordy, compared to what the schools are churning in the way of barely literate students, well, I am not concerned about my short comings. I am quite concerned for them though.
Stick ya two bobs worth in. I am interested. Do you known the rules or just what seems right?