- October 17,2013
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Improving a Pinoy’s “Carabao English”
Despite recent reports that show Filipinos getting ahead in speaking English, there are still thousands who are struggling communicators. The basics considered by a native English speaker surprisingly remain as challenges to an average Pinoy, hence the birth of “carabao English”.
Below are the most common Pinoy boo-boos in English communication:
1. Informal vs. Formal – inappropriate use of words
Alright – this is acceptable in casual interactions whether via SMS or online
All right – best for written work and conversations related to business and academics
Examples: free gift, more prettier, uniquely different
3. Possessive adjective vs. Contraction
Your so beautiful (should be You’re)
She’s not their (should be there)
4. That vs. Which – the comma (,) separates one from the other
The car, which was purchased only yesterday, is a silver Mercedes Benz manufactured in 1955. (sounds more factual)
The 1955 silver Mercedes Benz was the car that he purchased only yesterday. (short but sweet)
5. Words that can be confusing
Adapt and adopt
Between and among
6. Filipinisms (English words with twisted meanings used by Filipinos)
Filipinos say comfort room; native English speakers say toilet, washroom or powder room
Filipinos say for a while over the phone instead of hold, please (formal) or hang on (informal); native English speakers think that the term for a while is not for the impatient as it implies a longer duration
7. Spelling and Pronunciation
Wrong: Green-minded Right: Grin-minded
Wrong: Eye bugs Right: Eye bags
8. In, On, At
riding on a cycle
riding in a car
socializing at a party
There’s still hope for carabao English to be solved, one Filipino at a time. American English came up with a published reference material entitled Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well!, which is also available as an e-book for tech-savvy learners. Other institutions may find it too basic to be used as teaching tool to focus on English Grammar lessons, but the printed version’s compact yet comprehensive nature made it a bestselling product of American English Skills Development Center. The e-book features exactly the same content, with additional materials and exercises for students to access online courtesy of a unique product key. All nglish language-related issues have been addressed by Don’t Speak Good. Speak Well!, based on publishers’ own encounters with English professors of all school levels nationwide as part of American English’s marketing efforts.
Fed up with the “carabao English syndrome”? Brush up your English with this highly-recommended book today for only P590.
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