Speak Good English Movement Part 2

With its intricate grammar and quirky spelling, English can be a tricky language to master. That could be one of the reasons why most people lapse into Singlish.

Some defend Singlish on the grounds that language is after all a form of communication. So if others can understand you, they don’t see what’s all this fuss about speaking correct English. Seen from this perspective, they are justified in their defence of Singlish.

So, if your circle of friends are all SOS (Speakers of Singlish) then, of course, there’s no problem here.

But what if you wish to articulate your views at your workplace, or deal with foreigners? Your Singlish here is clearly a handicap as well as possibly giving rise to confusion.

And when it comes to written English, your inadequacy in English becomes even more glaring.

Just to give you one example. Once I had to correct a report written by a government agency because it was riddled with all sorts of language errors.

Unless it’s the culture to speak good English in schools, universities and offices, the entrenched Singlish will be almost impossible to dislodge.

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3 Responses to “Speak Good English Movement Part 2”

  1. Blogging is one way to improve one’s written English. And when one writes well, he is likely to speak well.

    Having said that, there are blogs which are written in Singlish and broken English (and foul language too) but yet they garner high readership because local readers could identify with the contents and maybe the writing style.

  2. Absolutely.

    Birds of the same feathers will always gather together. Personally, I don’t bother to read anything in Singlish.

  3. Reading books (proper ones, not True Singapore Ghost Stories LOL) and (reputable) magazines is one good way. Blogging/writing is good only if one bothers to check when in doubt.


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