The magic of ignorance - English a false prophet?

R. A. Stegemann moogoonghwa at
Tue Jan 25 23:13:47 UTC 2005

In 2001 Business Week wrote: "While English is fast becoming a
prerequisite for landing a good job in Europe, only 41% of the people
on the Continent speak it -- and only 29% speak it well enough to carry
on a conversation". (Gill 2001, 117). I wonder how Europe's 29% match
up against Malaysia's basolectal and mesolectal varieties of Malaysia's
so-called Malaysian English?

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