The Philippines has been regarded as #3 among the largest English-speaking nations, with the US and UK holding the top positions — not bad for a developing country wherein even the uneducated try their best to speak and write English in its most basic form. Media and local tourism play a significant role in keeping them aware of basic terms and expressions, despite the fact that they can sometimes be unsure what they say or write actually means.
Filipinos need to brush up their English ASAP, as the effects of globalization become more obvious and challenging as time passes. The positive effects that need to be maintained with the help of above-average to excellent Business English communication skills are the following:
- Business process outsourcing (BPO) – call centers and homebased jobs are in demand because foreign employers see Filipinos as efficient yet practical to hire and keep in the workforce
- Trade and export – Dealing with investors using the English language, especially those who are also non-native English speakers, will be a lot easier if both parties are knowledgeable and fluent in the universal language of business
- Social media – Interaction with people all over the world regardless of race, status and age becomes educational, entertaining and fuss-free
- Pop culture – English is essential in understanding trends as well as meeting local and international celebrities online or in person
- ESL (English as a Second Language) training – Filipinos learn the elements of the English language quickly–from spelling and grammar to accent and tone of voice–and are very hardworking, hence ESL institutions (just like BPO companies) also consider them a better choice for their teams
Take part in making the Philippines a globally-competitive nation long-term by mastering the English language, business communication and putting it into practice every single day. American English can be of help.