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Written By : Raymond Chandra Suva. James Bentley of Suva (FS 30/5) is right in saying that Lauren Robinson-Frey and Sophie Foster of Fiji TV pronounce English words ‘distinctly’. He
06 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Raymond Chandra Suva. James Bentley of Suva (FS 30/5) is right in saying that Lauren Robinson-Frey and Sophie Foster of Fiji TV pronounce English words ‘distinctly’.
He forgot to add that their names too are distinctly different from the names of more than 90 per cent of the people here in Fiji.
Mr. Bentley’s vituperative criticism of local English teachers bares his myopic view and an overgrown imported ego.
I am sad to learn that he has to ‘endure’ poorly pronounced English words. Perhaps he will find comfort in the fact that more than 90 per cent of the people here in Fiji have to endure the use of this foreign language daily at work.
I ask Mr Bentley whether the recent research which reveals that more than seven million people of England, the land of the Queen’s English, cannot read or write English, wrong?
Do all the people who live in the so-called English-speaking countries such as America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain pronounce all English words in exactly the same way?
How clearly does Mr Bentley speak the Fijian language?
They say in New York: “Even the queen of England don’t speak no proper English no more” (meaning- even the queen of England does not speak proper English anymore).




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