Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Speak Good English Movement for Singaporeans

In 2000, Singapore launched the Speak Good English Movement to encourage Singaporeans in many areas to speak better English. In general, many Singaporeans speak English, but in a Singlish way - a mix of local words and English in a simple direct translation that could come from Malay, Mandarin, Hokkien structured sentences. These are basically understood by many locals but using it in a large way actually create a habitual way that Singaporeans ended up picking the bad habits that made the grammatical and structure of the English Language all wrong. Thus, Singlish was born due to the uncorrective habits of English spoken.

However, in a survey conducted by Singapore Polytecnic School of Business, it has found that the standard of English has improved by two thirds or 66% after the launch of Speak Good English Movement.

This is important for Singaporeans as many international events are held in Singapore, such as the up and coming F1 night race and also the Youth Olympic Games.

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