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World: Asia-Pacific Singapore declares war on Singlish

Despairing at what it sees as Singaporeans’ falling standards in English, the government of the high-tech city-state has launched a national campaign to eradicate Singlish – Singapore’s own unique take on the English language. BBC news, 30 August, 1999. Read … Continue reading

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Ghana calls an end to tyrannical reign of the Queen’s English

Question: “Have you eat?” Reply: “No I go eat after small small.” This is just one of the turns of phrase Ghanaians employ, in the words of one local commentator, “to give the Queen’s English a good beating”. Guardian, April 10, … Continue reading

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Parents believe in English: study

The majority of parents believe that English proficiency will give their children a better start in life, a recent survey revealed, although education experts disagree. Taipei Times, November 16, 2004. Read the whole article…

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Professor: English Sounds Like One Language, But It’s Really Not

This article explains that differences between varieties of English will grow as English is picked up by other cultures and argues that Americas and British speakers of English need to recognise and accept these new varieties.Business English Training Worldwide, July, … Continue reading

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Babawilly’s Dictionary of Pidgin English Words and Phrases

Pidgin English is spoken widely across Nigeria. It is a language made up of elements of the Queen’s English and the local dialects. With Nigeria having about 250 tribes in all, one finds a lot of variation in the type … Continue reading

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New nation learns the hard way

At independence the Namibian government expressed its intention of giving every citizen a flying start. Last month, on the 10th anniversary of freedom, when people asked, “Has the promise been kept?” the answer, as far as education is concerned, is, … Continue reading

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Making local languages count

An article by Peter Mwaura in the Guardian Weekly, Thursday August 21, 2003. “Throughout Anglophone [English-speaking] Africa, English is seen as the key to economic empowerment and progress and is the preferred language of education in African classrooms. This preference has … Continue reading

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