Is English something really that hard to master or are we just part of a perceived “mistake” in our education system and bilingual policy?
Would things be better for us if we are purely English-educated? Or as many have pointed out, Mandarin is equally – if not more – important given China’s recent rise? Hypothetically, does this mean that if North Korea were to rise in power, we would have to pick up Korean too?
Yet recently a friend told me that English is actually not that important in the workplace, considering how globalised our offices are these days. In the words of his CEO,
“This guy is from France while that guy is from Italy. You see that mate over there? He’s from Australia and you, my friend, is from Malaysia, isn’t it? English is nobody’s native language here so don’t worry about your poor spelling or grammar in this office. Nobody cares.”
How much truth do YOU think is there in the sentence above? Should we take English THIS seriously or should it be a case of “as long as we can communicate”?