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Friday, January 06, 2006

Language Proficiency

I was just browsing through some sites and had to fill up some forms. One of the categories was related to language proficiency and instead of just asking for English proficiency, the site requests us to state the proficiency in one of the following categories:

English – US
English – UK
English – Hong Kong
English – India
English – Other Asia
English – Singapore
English – Australia
English – Canada

I don’t know what is the internal pecking order for the various categories. I wonder what difference it makes if one states as English - India or English - Singapore.

Tamil proficiency was classified under 2 categories:

Tamil – India
Tamil - Srilanka


  • Haha. Thats funny. English - Singapore probably refers to Singlish ;-)

    By Blogger Aye Kay, at 10:50 AM  

  • Aye Kay,
    This observation was in a professional context and I doubt whether they really meant Singlish :-)

    By Blogger Kaps, at 11:10 AM  

  • That would be coz the usage is different - eventhough both follow british english - the local usage tends to be different in terms of pronounciation slang and even words

    and i dont think they're talking about singlish or manglish or tanglish for that matter

    By Blogger visithra, at 11:42 AM  

  • As far as Tamil is concerned, Srilankan Tamil is so different from the one spoken in Tamilnadu. I remember a Vivek comedy where they translate what the Srilankan speak into Chennai Tamil (which is totally different from any other Tamil version)

    Just my 2 cents

    By Blogger Joseph, at 11:47 AM  

  • English...yeah there's a lot of difference.

    Indian English - Flat : a compact home
    US Elnglish - Flat : describing the nature of a surface. Apartments is the right word.

    Indian English - Dickey : Back side of a car.
    US English - Dickey : U know wat !!!

    Tamil, very interesting difference

    IndianTamil - Naatram - Bad smell
    LankanTamil - Naatram - Good smell
    IndianTamil - Thookkam - Sleep
    LankanTamil - Thookkam - Death
    (the rite word is urakkam)

    and the list goes on...

    By Blogger Peelamedu_bulls, at 11:55 AM  

  • hahaha...this is going way over the top! So imagine if they have to claasify hindi based on each different state in which it is spoken!

    By Blogger Vikram H, at 12:21 PM  

  • Ofcourse, many ppl from india don't understand the UK or US English properly without training

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:50 PM  

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