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Originally posted by metto81 at 2006-9-8 09:11
What you said is right, BUT
If you follow others and conform to their ways you will ALWAYS be in SECOND place to them!
As for Singapore. It's a small country with less than 5 million people and a clean government and good education system. Has nothing to do with English!
Not convinced, take Japan for example. These people don't know a word of English and are the 2nd largest economy in the world and leaders in technology and so on.
You my friend are the PERFECT example of a third worlded poverty stricken person who wants to be like first worlded wealthy people by copying their ways.
Which is EXACTLY like a top of the line Mercedes with the engine of a lawn mower.
Partially true. But might I add that we need to avoid extremes. If not a single Japanese spoke English, Japan would not be what it is today. The fact that at least a handful of fluent talented English speakers could translate books to and from Japanese certainly helped Japan be what it is today.
On the other hand, those Japanese who were going to be engineers, etc., focussed not on English, but engineering, etc. In other words, English in Japan was treated as a specialiation like any other, with enough people learning English to meet market demands, while the rest focussed on learning other skills equally needed in the market. In this way, the combined efforts of the Japanese, each leraning the skills their economy needed, contributed to one another's success.
In China, with everyone learning English, we end up with an overabundance of English in the market. So it's not the English language per se that is a burden on the Chinese, but rather its over abundance. Without a doubt China needs at least a handful of speakers of the language. It just doesn't need everyone speaking it. So certainly learning from Japan's success would indeed be a step in the right direction.