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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

My generation and the likes speak good English?

Anonymous said...

The generation of BT and the likes speak good English. In addition to this, many also write equally well. Our Inspectors of Schools were all from UK who had flown down to report on the progress that our schools were making. These Inspectors all sat in during selected classroom lessons. They listened analytically, interacted with students and eventually spoke to the teachers and principals before submitting their reports for improvements.

The standard of spoken and written English today pales in comparison to the the old generation. The lecturers from then University of Singapore all came from UK. They were competent and fully qualified. RI was named after Stamford Raffles, Singapore's founder. His legacy continues to thrive and shall continue to inspire the minds of all our people to make the little red dot a force to be reckoned with.


Anonymous said...


BT is most probably from a reputable school. Because a man at his age who speaks good English are rather rare.

Anonymous said...


Yes. Met you recently. And in order to be a cabin crew you need to speak fluently. So yeah. No doubt that yor English is good

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

RI also created many brilliant brains turned con artists...:)

Anonymous said...

Very mean statement above.

Anonymous said...

Aiyah! These days with so many PRC teachers the standard of English how to improve? Better improve our mandarin because PRC is the growing market for SIA now.

Anonymous said...

In answer to all three comments from Anonymous above, RI is still a premium school. Even SIA business class is named Raffles Class. "Aiyah" has mentioned a very good point in his reference to the PRC teachers who have come to make a living in Singapore. It is common knowledge that NTU students are being tutored by these lecturers and their standard of English is so appalling indeed! As much as we would all like to see a competent standard of Mandarin flourish amongst us, this looks like a pipe dream. The Speak Mandarin Campaign has not been a success since it was launched over 35 years ago.

Mandarin, the officail language of China has its roots some 5000 years ago and is not widely spoken as it should be. About half the Mainland population are not literate in Mandarin and to make matters more complicated, there are some 600 dialects in China. Singapore's spoken Mandarin is full of rojak, interlaced with English, Malay and other dialectal words. Short of calling this disrespectful, I for one do not see how we can improve the language in our society. It looks like its place is in the ranks of the elite. Only a handful of the Singapore Government Officials are able to speak to the Chinese leaders without interpreters.

A viable option is to improve our standard of English. This starts from home with parents setting good examples. Some families that I know are very comfortable with Mandarin. Others make it a point to converse in their respective mother tongue in addition to English.