Original Posted By playonus►
Of course there are tons of reason to envelope the possibility of ESL. In my opinion there is no advantages to us establishing EFL into ESL and I'm also agree that ESL would not work in our nation. It's only a matter of status. Nevertheless, with the clear status of English in Indonesia, hopefully, the government can stack the language into the proper place. As a matter of system of communication, English takes more greater role then before. For an example, today, some official public sign are written in English. Well, if the government it self can not make sure to the use of Indonesian, can we doubt the position of English in Indonesia?
In case of Singapore, well, I don't know if English becomes their national language. In my head, I think the old Singaporean speak Malay and the new generation who were spoke Malay of Singaporean wraps English into Singlish. Well, of course the creole (Singlish) emerges after English becomes ESL in Singapore. I just can't imagine if our government continuously use English publicly. Are the position of English will be lifted?
Now, some experts had called English which is used by Indonesian EFL's learners as "Indonesian English." What do you think about that? Do you agree with the term or you have another idea?
Yes, English is one of the Singapore's national languages (I just realized that malay, Mandarin and Tamil are also their official languages)
? Well, frankly I find it a bit ridiculous. I dont mind the term indonesian-accented English
, but Indonesian English
? I mean, English is not eveb an ESL here. Why bother calling it indonesian-accented English
Yes, there are language variations like brazilian portuguese, australian english, etc. they can be called as such because the languages are officially spoken by all citizens of the nations.
Calling the English used in our country as Indonesian English, to me, is somewhat an overkill
Everything I said above is just my two cents. I'm not a language major, nor am I a linguist