Why Indonesians have difficulty with English

Mark Mandel Mark.A.Mandel at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 27 03:47:39 UTC 2009

That's ghastly. Reference black people and thick lips.

m a m

On Sat, Sep 26, 2009 at 8:46 PM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com> wrote:

> There's a Reuters article dated 10/17/2003 reporting Korean parents
> having the membrane under their children's tongues slit so that they
> can speak English without a Korean accent.  I have a copy on line but
> unfortunately not a link.  Here's the first paragraph:
> "Chop a centimeter or so off your tongue and become a fluent English
> speaker. That is the hope that recently drove one mother to take her
> six-year-old son for surgery aimed at ridding him of his Korean accent
> when speaking the language of choice in global business."
> I think I can email individuals a copy, but copyright prevents me from
> pasting the whole article into a listserv message.
> Herb

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