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John Vitols: Oct, 15, 16
It's the grammar. If English is not a first language, people usually have trouble with the singular and plural, tenses, plus nouns, verbs and adjectives. In today’s western world the emphasis is on meaning and diversity, where even ‘text speak’ is acceptable. Conversely, in much of the rest of the world it’s formal English, as in English literature. I also think a major problem is many of the younger generation of whatever colour, have such a poor western education, that many in interviews sound as if they’re on Facebook!
Others will say its racism, but specifically in Asia where there are no minority quotas or racism laws, westerners have to abide by the preferences of the host recruiters and not compare it to their own ideals.
Formal dress, polite manners and respect for authority will open many doors in Asia, yet those are attributes sadly lacking in many young westerners and has nothing to do with colour. Perhaps that’s just my age showing though :)
Stephen Njoke Molua: Oct, 18, 16
Dr Jamil you could be right but I am gonna ask you to justify the cases of Wales where Welsh is the native language and Ireland (Northern I think) which has its own native Celtic language.These languages are used in public life out there and you can even detect the impact of these languages when a Welsh or Irish speaks English.For example Police in Ireland is known as Garda.
Secondly most young people in some former British colonies in Africa do not know any other language than English.I can agree with differences in accent which is just an aspect of geography.
Kimberly Watts: Oct, 19, 16
It is a fallacy to say "African Americans" as if that is the norm for all speakers in the United States. There are many differences in geographic dialects even in the United States among all races. Most African Americans in Alaska, where I lived, speak very proper and without use of any slang. In the south, you will find slang and dialects used by both White and Black Americans. So, I will leave you with the following quote I came across while researching language diversity. Hudson (1996) writes, “…a Briton and an American could watch the same American film, but learn quite different facts from it about language-what for the American viewer counts as a new fact about how poor Whites in the Deep South talk might count for the Briton simply as a new fact about how Americans talk” (p. 11). Sociolinguistic differences does occur based on how one’s society uses language.