Languages of Singapore

Trying times

It's true that, when it comes to learning English, one big challenge local schoolchildren face is lack of confidence.

Wednesday, 1 June, 2011, 12:00am

The Language Wars: A History of Proper English

The Language Wars: A History of Proper English by Henry Hitchings John Murray HK$234

Why do we get so agitated about matters of grammar and spelling and punctuation?

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Practice makes speaking easier

I find that speaking English is the most difficult aspect of the language.

Nowadays, English is used almost everywhere in the world. Most local students have difficulty finding the right words when they speak a foreign language.

We talk in Chinese every day, so it's hard for us to master English.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Do native English speakers make better teachers?

Jeff Lu, 16 Phillips Academy, Andover

Yes. Native English speakers are naturals in the language and make better teachers in an English-language class.

Hong Kong students want to be confident in their spoken English, and so want to speak with fluent English speakers. Their concern is speaking English, not so much reading and writing English.

6 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


Writers well off mark on core differences in English language

Several correspondents have replied to my argument for the 'multilingual model' ('No good beating about the Bush, English is changing', Education Post, June 23).

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Do you ever talk to English speakers?

Lily Kwok Age: 15

Top Tunes: hip-hop music

21 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Speaking of English standards

Hong Kong people's allegedly appalling English skills are in the news again. An online survey conducted by a language school has found that they read and speak less in English than Singaporeans, and that mainlanders are keener to practise their oral skills with native speakers.

7 May 2005 - 12:00am

Scheme forced 223 schools to switch languages

Some 223 secondary schools were forced by the government to switch their teaching language to Cantonese under the controversial mother-tongue policy implemented in 1998.

The Education Department had claimed that students of Chinese-medium schools consistently achieved an above-average pass percentage in both Chinese language and English language subjects in the HKCEE.

7 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Campaign overload

Tourist arrivals have slumped nearly 70 per cent since the start of the Sars crisis and hotel occupancy rates are down to between 20 and 30 per cent - but the local industry is not sitting idle, bemoaning its fate. And neither are the authorities, as tourism accounts for 10 per cent of gross domestic product.

20 May 2003 - 12:00am

Oxford Singlish makes it online

The Oxford English Dictionary has finally given its blessing to some Singapore slang.

Rather embarrassingly, this comes days before Singapore launches a campaign aimed at wiping out 'Singlish'.

14 Mar 2000 - 12:00am