Comments on: Has India squandered its English advantage? Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: DaraIndia Fri, 22 Apr 2011 05:00:46 +0000 I think most of us here are familar with the views of the TOI having read their opinion just a few days ago. But coming to this study I find it funny that there is hardly anything about India and Chinese comparisions in it and everyone is seeking to blow itup out of all proportions.

Take this example “the British Council estimated in 2010 that India had anywhere between 55 and 350 million English speakers while a report published by Cambridge University Press estimates that China has 250 to 350 million English learners.’

Look at the variation 55 to 350 million Indian speakers! Do you need a study to give such a wide variation?

Also, aren’t they comparing chalk and cheese here and that too manufactured at different establishments. If you indicate how many English ‘speaking; people there are in India and then compare that to how many are ‘learning’ english in China, what conclusion can you possibly draw?

Shouldn’t they be comparing how many curently speak english in both countries and also how many learners there are in both countries? Some meaningful information could then be extracted. This statement as it is seems absurd to me. It is not even a statisic of any value.

By: rainydays Fri, 22 Apr 2011 01:13:21 +0000 Reuters Staff, please pass on this message to Mr. Foy when you decide to block my message.
Mr Foy,
Why are you using so many different tags that do not relate to the actual article. Your articles are tagged with sections that are only remotely related to the actual article. My guess is that you do this so your article appears in many sections even though it doesn’t really belong there.

By: 007XXX Wed, 20 Apr 2011 02:01:41 +0000 Someone tell me where can I give feedback to Reuters that one of the oldest and most respected news agency’s reporting standards are going down by the day.

“It appears that China is poised to surpass India in the number of English speakers in the coming years, if it has not already done so”

Does the numbers really matter?? Has Henry been to China ever or has he interacted with any Chinese people ever?? I have interacted and worked with professionals from Chinese IT companies and let me tell you that their English proficiency is plain POOR. FULL STOP.

Had there been an article instead saying that engineering education standards in India are not improving as compared to China I would have loved to read it. For God’s sake stop wasting our time.

By: quickblur Tue, 19 Apr 2011 17:20:11 +0000 I agree with the article. India and other countries will need to increase their efforts to promote English to stay competitive with China.

By: Truth99999 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 12:04:38 +0000 What an outrageously misleading article! The standard of English of the average Chinaman is mind numbingly AWFUL!!!!! Indians have a MUCH, MUCH higher level of competency in English that the Chinese!! I would give the Chinese 2 out of 10 for their level of English, and I would give Indians 10 out of 10!! In fact, they speak better English than most Europeans!!
How many Chinese have received awards on the world stage for literature compiled in English??? A more legitimate question would be – How many Chinamen can put together a decent sentence in English?? This article should be taken down from this website…. It isn’t some guy’s blog we are talking about here, it is REUTERS!! I am SHELL-SHOCKED that Reuters actually put up this article!! It is outrageously ludicrous!!!

By: JLIt99 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 11:00:25 +0000 You have to remember, this was a survey of English proficiency via the internet. I know many people in India, who, educated in English Medium schools, can speak good english but do not regularly use the internet.

While not the majority, you can still find many more people who can speak english on the streets of Delhi and Mumbai than in Beijing or Shanghai – the ‘English’ signs in China are terrible and seem to be off a computer translator.

By: ssnraju Tue, 19 Apr 2011 09:22:32 +0000 It is true that India is neglecting education. Even not shouldering the responsibility of maintaining standards.Barring few government aided educational institutes of excellence, most of the education institutions are in private hands and they are money making machines. No teachers, No classes, pay fees and write examinations, the institute being autonomous will issue a paper degree to the student, utility wise a toilet paper may be better than this degree.

At the same time India is country with numbers. There may be always sufficient good people to compete Internationally. The low quality stuff left is good enough for Indian low quality services and systems.

By: ToeKnee Tue, 19 Apr 2011 08:57:08 +0000 I am not sure about the report and even if it’s true, there’s still no beating India when it comes to the neutral accent. So the call centres won’t be Bangalored out of India anytime soon.

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