Sunday, 20 November 2011


Broken English
Broken English just means that someone is speaking English, but not correctly- or rather, grammatically correct. It's usually reserved as a term for some students who are learning the English language but making mistakes. They may not know all the words they need or string them along incorrectly. In example, “Excuse me, can you tell me where the woman's bathroom is?” but in broken English, it might come out, “Excuse, please telling me where woman bathroom?' Same basic idea, different execution.
In Malaysia, I'm surrounded by broken English. The schooling here is done mainly in the Malay language, so many people have poor spoken English. Speaking proper English is important as every where is done in English and speaking proper English left good impression of others. Speaking proper English instantly marks you out as a highly educated person whose views and opinions are to be taken seriously. If you look at the top people in our society, senior corporate executives, senior professionals, government ministers etc. they almost all speak what one would regard as proper English.


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