13 Sep '11, 2am

"I believe few local teachers and parents know - or care - what the differences between US and UK English are": Voices

I AGREE with Mr Lee Kuan Yew's call to distinguish between British and American English in our schools. I believe few local teachers and parents know - or care - what the differences between the two are. Beyond pronunciation, accent and spelling, there are nuances such as slang and popular expressions associated with the British and American cultures, which speakers of a chosen style will pick up inevitably. This is reason enough to explain the differences. With our wide exposure to American media and television programmes, it would not be surprising to learn that today's generation has started speaking and writing American English without their realising it. While most people might argue that what matters is whether a person uses grammatically correct English, we risk getting to a stage where we use a mix of British and American English within the same conversation, spoke...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110913-0000308/Yes,-...

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