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Badly spoken English

Erwin Karl Skiba, Suva
Monday, November 27, 2017

Further to George Kutty's letter to The Fiji Times of 25/11/17, I wish to give a few more examples of badly pronounced English words that should raise even more concern on the issue of badly spoken English in our society:


Newsland-New Zealand;



Airport Runaway-Airport Runway;

Edge-Urge; and


And my list could go on too.

I believe the proper pronunciation of English starts at home with children listening to their parents how they pronounce English words, correctly or incorrectly.

In many cases our children are taught the incorrect pronunciation of English words and by the time they reach school, it may be already too late for them to change their pronunciation of English words and even worse, get another version of badly spoken English from their teachers.

What can be done about this problem?

Very little I guess, apart from laughing about the way some of our people pronounce English words, sadly including some local TV presenters, which I find quite shameful but still laugh about.

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