The State of English in Singapore from an international perspective

 

Should you improve your command of English
or
learn more languages?

Alex talked with Kai, Vernon, Kevin, and myself last month, for the Limpeh Is Foreign Talent V-log series. We had a very interesting, open and unscripted discussion on many topics related to: Singlish, accents, languages, and pronunciation.

conversation

Featuring

  • Kai – Linguist, Polyglot, Language Guru (Finland)
  • Vernon – Writer, researcher (Singapore)
  • Kevin – English Literature Academic
  • Rob – IT guru, Engineer, Founder of Eureka Languages (UK)

Enjoy the video below

Topics discussed:

  • Introduction to oral communications in Singapore Schools
  • Problems with maintaining proper pronunciation
    • Singlish – Peer pressure – A lot of students are influenced by their friends to maintain the Singlish pronunciation, rather than the received Pronunciation (RP).
  • What can teachers do? How are out-of-school influences hindering English pronunciation?
  • Code-switching – Respect the code in which you are delivering to. Know when to switch.
  • Accents and snobbery
  • The best English accent to have for global communications.
  • Can Angmohs understand Singlish?
  • Should we be spending money on improving one’s English or Learning a foreign language?

 

 

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