11 Oct '11, 1am

There's American English, British English, & now L.E.E.: Lao Lee English. Hey, why don't we dress like him too?

MR LEE Kuan Yew said recently that American English would become more dominant in the future and that we might have to consider teaching it in schools one day. The latest response to the idea was from Professor Alan Tye ("Preferred accent"; last Saturday). Though not a native speaker, Mr Lee's command of the English language is widely admired by Western and non-Western audiences, including political leaders. He may speak with some foreign accent in front of Western audiences sometimes, but his accent is mild. When he speaks to fellow citizens at home, his spoken English is aesthetically better, to Singaporeans at least. Mr Lee's spoken English is distinctive and can be acceptable in any continent on the globe. So, why not consider modelling his spoken English as the third option? Teaching students British English or American English is one thing, but whether they would spe...

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