Printer-Friendly Version In a lot of ways, Asian Americans have done remarkably well in achieving "the American dream" of getting a good education, working at a good job, and earning a good living. So much so that the image many have of Asian Americans is that we are the "model minority" -- a bright, shining example of hard work and patience whose example other minority groups should follow. However, the practical reality is slightly more complicated than that.
Since we're on the subject of bad grammar, this sentence is a comma splice. You should replace the comma after "teachers" with a semicolon or a period. And I thought you were an English teacher! Reading and writing English is much better.
When I lived in Japan, and eventually achieved some basic fluency in speaking Japanese, communicating with my coworkers often consisted of English vocabulary, in sentences using Japanese pronunciation and grammar.
The reason for this is simple. They had plenty of access to English written material, and needed to read and understand it in order to do their job computer science research.
But they had very little interaction with native English speakers on a day to day basis, so few opportunities to practice real time conversation. Which is the only way I know to actually become fluent speaking a second language. Like you say they have decent vocabularies, but they really try to avoid actually reading English text.
I was working with some researchers for a couple of months and I was fascinated how they have their own world of scientific publications. You could be a totally competent scientists or engineer and not know a lick of English. They'd really only go to English publications as a last resort, and people I'd guess weren't under a ton of pressure to publish in English either.
Since then I've actually noticed this is a trend in larger countries.
There is some kind of critical mass of people which once reached makes them completely capable of living in a linguistic bubble.
Mostly this is simply a question of how variety of media you have available to consume. Once it's high enough and you have the major western stuff dubbed, you can kinda cost with your local language.
Compare something like Poland where surprisingly few people speak English and some place like Estonia where everyone speaks English yaantc on May 24, That may change for English.
The problem is that learning a language, particularly when the accent is very different, requires a lot of practice with a good model.
When you have a limited number of teachers, with a level not ideal, it's a practical problem. Add to this a culture where people prefer to avoid English if they don't feel confident in their ability, and you have a tough problem to crack.
But technology to the rescue!
There's a huge Japanese company called Benesse, doing educational products. They have an English program, one of my kids use it. The reason is that it's mostly automated: All this gamified of course.
Then every two weeks he has some time with a human teacher using skype. Looks like the teacher is based in a lower wage country than Japan, which explains the low cost which is important to make the system accessible to as many as possible.
We'll see the results over the long haul it's started recentlybut I'm already impressed by my kid's accent on the few sentences he knows. And I'm also impressed at how they built such a system. We'll see the effect it will have, but it's an interesting attempt at improving things.Personally I want more female involvement in gaming culture and in the process of game development.
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