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Old 04-07-2014, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Where was I putting it down?

I will visit one day, but it's not that high on my list. There are always cheap flights from Singapore and KL though, so I could quite easily do it in the next couple of years.

What makes you think English is more widespread in the Philippines than Malaysia? How long did you spend in Malaysia and where did you go? Are you sure you're not basing your impressions on the wealthy people you socialised with in Manila?
https://ph.news.yahoo.com/ph--world-...s-english.html

 
Old 04-07-2014, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Philippines above Australia? lol...enough said.

Most people can't understand the thick pinoy accent half the time.
 
Old 04-07-2014, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Filipinas
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Malaya was a British colony, English was the medium of instruction in schools until the 1970s, and most Malaysians can speak English (most all native born Malaysians under 65 some basic English). I think unlike most countries though it might've regressed, especially as the nationalistic government tries to make more and more things Malay instead of English. Even in the smallest kampong you'll find people who speak fluent English. Although Malays and some poorer Chinese and Indians, as well as refugees, sometimes don't speak that much, but in KL or something everyone speaks to a near-native or native level. Have you visited Malaysia?
How about the english of Indians compared to Malaysian both are British Colonies.

I read Philippines acquiring the 70% of India's Call Centers and some call centers in India is now transferring in the Philippines.

'Accent' matters: Philippines acquiring 70% of India call centers | Business, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com
 
Old 04-07-2014, 10:36 PM
 
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Philippines above Australia? lol...enough said.

Most people can't understand the thick pinoy accent half the time.
Each country has it's own accent. Malaysian accent is not good either. Anyway, the point is Philippines ranked higher than Malaysia and is even exempted for the test.

Rebuilding for a Better Philippines: English Proficiency test excluded the Philippines in Asian ranking

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Old 04-07-2014, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Lol, most preferred accent? According to who. The pinoy accent isn't anything like a native American/British accent, well maybe a bit like American. This doesn't say anything about the overall proficiency of English in the Phils as a whole, just graduates who probably come from wealthier more educated background, no surprise. 5th largest English speaking country? According to what criteria?
 
Old 04-07-2014, 11:18 PM
 
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Ive always perceived the Philippines of having a good number of English speakers. not so much Malaysia, we Americans dont know to much about the place. if i were to guess the Philippines and the united states are ore interconnected than England to Malaysia.

my two cents
 
Old 04-07-2014, 11:20 PM
 
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Lol, most preferred accent? According to who. The pinoy accent isn't anything like a native American/British accent, well maybe a bit like American. This doesn't say anything about the overall proficiency of English in the Phils as a whole, just graduates who probably come from wealthier more educated background, no surprise. 5th largest English speaking country? According to what criteria?
Not all graduates come from wealthy families. There are so many graduates who come from
very simple to poor familiesthat strived hard to get away from poverty to help their families.
 
Old 04-07-2014, 11:55 PM
 
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Not all graduates come from wealthy families. There are so many graduates who come from
very simple to poor familiesthat strived hard to get away from poverty to help their families.
Maybe a few here and there, but considering inequality is really bad there I doubt most slum-dwellers have much of a chance. I'm assuming that you are probably among the wealthier Filipinos. My mother came from a working class background in Singapore yet she could become a doctor, although poor people in Singapore back then were not as bad as in the Phils.
 
Old 04-08-2014, 12:00 AM
 
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Not sure though about the mountains, Ive never been to Thailand. Philippines offers a lot of variety of scenery with the likes of Banaue Rice Terraces, Sierra Madre mountain range, Sand dunes in Ilocos, Mayon in Bicol and Taal Volcano in Batangas; all in Luzon, Chocolate Hills in Bohol, grand limestone rock formations & underground river in Palawan, complex cave systems in Samar; in Visayas, Mt Apo with the monkey-eating eagle in Davao, the lush plantations in Bukidnon, both in Mindanao to name a few with of course many of the most stunning beaches in the world and a part of the center of center of the worlds richest marine biodiversity...

Lots to offer but needs more advertisements and campaigns from our tourism board. But personally, I like it that way one could see the real virgin beauty not too much commercialized, with a growing tourism slowly but surely.
I'd like to take this drive, even though many people have plunged to their deaths on this road


Halsema Highway - YouTube


and this part of Bohol looks really beautiful and pristine too

Zip-line in Loboc, Bohol, Philippines - YouTube
 
Old 04-08-2014, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Ive always perceived the Philippines of having a good number of English speakers. not so much Malaysia, we Americans dont know to much about the place. if i were to guess the Philippines and the united states are ore interconnected than England to Malaysia.

my two cents
I'd put that down more to American ignorance of Malaysia than anything. Australians and British are far more familiar with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand than the Philippines, the Philippines seem sort of ignored (I hardly hear about people holidaying there) even though as a percentage Australia actually has more Filipinos than the United States. Australians are usually well aware of the prevalence of English in both Singapore and Malaysia.
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