Proficiency of English Declines as Schools Switch to Teaching It as a Second Language : Tongue-Tied in Hong Kong

A recent telephone call to a major stock brokerage, asking when the manager would be available, produced a confusing reply: “He will call you after the phone.” The person who answered is among the 38 percent of the population that the Hong Kong government lists as officially speaking English. The figure conceals a growing problem in this former British colony: Fewer and fewer people know English. New York Times, March 18, 1998. Read more…

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