07 Sep '11, 12am

"There is nothing inferior with having a Singaporean accent if the English spoken is grammatically sound": Voices

I REFER to Mr Murali Sharma's letter "Good English starts at home" (Sept 5). I am an advocate of speaking Standard English and not Singlish, even though I am proud that we have certain English terms we can call our own. I agree there is room for improvement with regard to spoken English, but there are a few points of contention. Mr Murali mentioned "accent" as one of the basics of English that "seem(ed) to have eluded a large number" of Singaporeans. If one were to agree with this, then many of Singapore's political figures would need to have a overhaul. There is nothing inferior with having a Singaporean accent if the English spoken is grammatically sound and without any Singlish. We learn English to communicate with the world. As long as one is universally understood, there is nothing disputable here. Mr Murali stated that "those interviewed should speak good English". S...

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