In the Philippines, there are several career opportunities available but the sad truth is that only a few hires are reported. Business process outsourcing, media, hospitality and tourism jobs, for example, require English proficiency as these are the people-oriented type. Even technical and vocational jobs consider fluency in the English language a great asset, as they are in demand here and abroad. Government employees and those in very basic admin positions need constant usage of proper business English, should they deal with foreign visitors or investors or their companies have plans of expanding globally.
Whether in an ordinary person’s environment or in a world dominated by famous local celebrities, mockery of bad English is pretty much evident. Mispronounced words and poor grammar by a Filipino get a lot of flak from other Filipinos who think they know better, while native English speakers coming to the Philippines to live and/or work who struggle to speak in straight Tagalog are perceived as cute and acceptable by the Filipino community. Between two Filipinos who have proven skills in oral and written English, they are sometimes subject to discrimination among peers as to who belongs to the “sosyal” (posh) and the parvenu set.
More often than not, in a business setting, Filipinos use English in formal interactions done personally and over the phone. If there are common errors occurring during person-to-person dialogues, there are about the same number of boo-boos when it comes to phone conversations.
Here are the top ten examples of the usual mistakes Filipinos commit whenever they make a call or they’re on the receiving end, and the corresponding proper ways of expressing their statements to the other person:
American English is being used primarily in the United States and Canada, while British English is the official language of people residing in the United Kingdom and even in Australia.
To be able to belong and excel in today’s global workforce, non-native English speakers study Business English. Being the world’s third largest mother tongue to date, English’s dominance over other known languages clearly defines what globalization is all about. Media uses English to broadcast world news, and English-speaking nations and corporations speak this shared language in order to reach a wider audience as they tell stories and do business.