16 Sep '11, 3am

A 13-year-old student asks: "Why do we need to learn American English? Can you guys put yourselves in our shoes?"

My daughter, who is 13 years old, turned away from her laptop and looked at me with an expression at once puzzled, enquiring, frustrated and with a hint of anger. Then she vocalised her thoughts: "Why do we need to learn American English? Can you guys put yourselves in our shoes? "Do you know how the Ministry of Education (MOE) will react and then how our schools and teachers will react to the new policies that MOE is bound to come up with now? They will overreact! "We are perfectly comfortable in British English, we have been taught it since Day One. Now you want us to learn American English? How confusing for us - we may end up mixing up the vocabulary! "And you think we do not really know American English? That we do not know how to distinguish between the two? "Give us a break - there are so many different English classes to attend that we are already kept very busy wi...

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