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Old 04-24-2012, 10:10 PM
 
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English Fluency Is Greater in Philippines than in India or UK - The Daily Stat - April 23, 2012 - Harvard Business Review
Of the 30 countries with the largest labor forces, the Philippines scores highest in terms of workers' fluency in English above India, Canada, and the UK, says a CIO report of an online test by English-language instruction company GlobalEnglish.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:30 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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That doesn't surprise me. Some of those English kids speak some weird gibberish I barely recognise as English .
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:53 AM
 
Location: Paris, France
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What a load of nonsense. 98% of people in the UK speak no other language! Perhaps they mean literacy skills..
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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What a load of nonsense. 98% of people in the UK speak no other language! Perhaps they mean literacy skills..
so the 5 million people in the UK from South Asia, Africa, China etc. can not speak their mother language?
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Old 04-26-2012, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville/Afghanistan
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Makes sense if you've ever heard a Scotsmen talk.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:55 AM
 
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What a load of nonsense. 98% of people in the UK speak no other language! Perhaps they mean literacy skills..
The Philippines does have a much larger population..
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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The Philippines does have a much larger population..
They don't go by percentage? If not then i can't take it serious.
Nigeria would score pretty high too i think if they go by total.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:27 AM
 
Location: The Present
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I don't know about that, why I have to call my phone/internet company to pay my bills I clearly hear very strong Pinoy accents and the comprehension levels sometimes leave me wondering.

Language is funny, you can score high on tests etc. but there's a huge difference when it comes to actually using it in conversations and understanding small cultural nuances.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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They don't go by percentage? If not then i can't take it serious.
Nigeria would score pretty high too i think if they go by total.
Dunno mate,
Agree w nigeria, though, im not sure what Percent actuallly are fluent
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Paris, France
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so the 5 million people in the UK from South Asia, Africa, China etc. can not speak their mother language?
OK, so I hadn't factored in immigrants, or any skills people had acquired in a foreign language, I was talking about mother tongue and the native population. Native speakers of minority languages like Welsh and Gaelic account for about 2% of the population, probably less.

However, I think if you were even to factor in immigrants, the figure would still be over 90%. It's very common for second-generation immigrants in the UK to speak nothing but English. And if they do understand a bit of Punjabi/Hindi/Chinese etc because of their parents, they often are not fluent. Such is the pressure and ubiquity of English, migrant communities tend to loose their own languages extremely quickly: faster than in the Netherlands or Germany for instance.
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