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Which Asian country is most fluent in English?
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Well it's a close race between :

1. Philippines - Based on people's observation and experience when the came to the country, has a big number of tutorial Centers, mostly for koreans. English is tought in all Grade Levels. However, only literates can understand advanced English and uneducated people can only understand simple or no english at all. Some people claim in this thread that Pinoys have a funny accent, maybe it's true, but it mostly depends on how they hear the words. It's a bit difficult to teach 85 million people in 7,107 Islands proper English. Anyway, most are fluent, especially teenagers, students and professionals. This is a summary of what the posters said in this thread. It's in the top 3 in this thread. Also the country was ruled by the Spanish for 333 years, Americans for 4 decades and japanese for only 4 years.

2. Singapore - Yes, Singapore! Population is only 4.5 million ( correct me if I'm wrong please ) its standard of living is also the Highest in the world. It's a rich country, clean, easy to go around! The posters based their responses with certain facts and surveys which I cannot argue. It's a small country. It's easy to raise two seedlings in one small pot. Their English is one of the best in Asia, but a lot of people say something against the accent. they primarily use the chinese accent. It's annoying. the Slangs loh and lah too. ENglish is taught in all school levels too. Can't argue with Singaporeans, they'd flame me. ^_^ ...

3. India - Taj Mahal! Namaste and Asa Malaykum! India.... i'll type later, i'm too tired now. toodles!






Don't want to be a racist and I know opinions are biased, but anyway post.


Tell me what you guys think. based on your learnings, observation and experience!



This is not worth arguing just answer my questions!

Racism: a belief that some races are superior to others. That's the meaning.Get it? I'm not a Racist.

Please check your grammar to avoid further insults from other users.







Hope this'll help on my Opinion


The first exposure to English occurred in 1762, when the British invaded Manila. However, use of English in that era had no lasting influence. English was declared the official language during the American colonial period by William Howard Taft, the first civilian governor of the Philippines.[dubious – discuss] English remains an official language the Philippines today.

Today, English is the dominant language in business, government, the legal system, medicine, the sciences and education. Filipinos tend to want their textbooks for subjects like calculus, physics, chemistry, biology, etc., written in English rather than Filipino. By way of contrast, the native languages are often heard in colloquial settings, and in the home, with family and friends, most people use their vernaculars. The use of English may be thought to carry an air of formality, given its use in school, government and various ceremonies. A large percentage of the media such as television, newspapers, and entertainment are also in English; the major television networks are shifting to Tagalog. English proficiency sustains a significant call center industry for American companies. It is also a valuable asset for overseas workers.

A large influx of English words has been assimilated into Tagalog and the other native languages called Taglish. There is a debate, however, on whether there is diglossia or bilingualism, or even semilingualism,[6][7] between Filipino and English. Filipinos would use Filipino both in formal and informal situations, while, save for a very few, English will only be used for formal gatherings such as education and governance. Though the masses would prefer to speak in Filipino, government officials tend to speak in English when they do their government duties.





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Can you even read and understand? As YOUR fellow countrymates explained, they needed to work and couldnt finish their *uni* Whether that is true or not, the result certainly will reflect on how honest pinoys are Note: i did not based this on a single do--- oops i meant maid. A majority of them have reasons like the one i stated, so yea, A) If they are speaking the truth, well, without a doubt, your english sucks. IF they are lying, which you probably think so, then it shows pinoys are a lying bunch of f******. End of convo. Now if YOU still wanna argue with me about this, then find some BASIS of your own because as i see it, you dont even have one to argue with me

Edit: oh people. please look a few posts above me and you can find out MOST (i didnt say ALL) pinoys doesnt have common sense. They keep thinking that having a large country with everyone knowing some simple english makes them the most fluent english speakers in asia. Ohhh... seriously i dont know why their stupidity level can fall so low.



People dont you think this is going off topic?



EDIT: Now this looks better.
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That is true since filipino did work hard to study english... well anyone can learn it but I guess you just have to work hard since trying to study other language can be hard.
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You're from the Philippines. That's racist. Seriously it is. Look up the definition for racism.
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34 / M / Philippines
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Im a Filipino too, maybe the Philippines.
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27 / F / wishfully JAPAN
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i think singapore but yeah, i think Philippine people are fluent
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You're from the Philippines. That's racist. Seriously it is. Look up the definition for racism.


Thats not racist! Thats biased! argh it really annoys me how people shout racism at stuff thats not even offensive....it needs to stop!
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n0odle wrote:

You're from the Philippines. That's racist. Seriously it is. Look up the definition for racism.




uuhhhh... really no.... I was just interested on what other people think.... and I even mispelled country... anyway.... its just a simple clerical error... so if I offended u... well... sorry...
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yeah. i really dont know about on some other countries but i think its philippines, us, who is the most fluent in english. may be. i guess..
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Really I thought It was Japan?But yeah alot of Flip people who I've met speak English okay or very well
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^obviously not japan lol
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fluent, as in English speaking country or just people who speak proper english? lol because from what i know i suppose English is the first language of Singapore and only a second or third language in most asian countries. Then again there's no right or wrong answer to the question unless there is factual statistics given lol
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fluent, as in English speaking country or just people who speak proper english? lol because from what i know i suppose English is the first language of Singapore and only a second or third language in most asian countries. Then again there's no right or wrong answer to the question unless there is factual statistics given lol


yup. agreed!
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^obviously not japan lol


they speak english gramatically incorrect
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i think hong kong is nah, just kidding
its a hard question i guess?? since err....quite a lot of asian countries can speak english , i dunno
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animemagic wrote:


-PoLLuX- wrote:

^obviously not japan lol


they speak english gramatically incorrect


they speak engrish lol
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