Singaporeans and Malaysians are among the most proficient English speakers in the region, a global study has found. Singapore was ranked third internationally, making it the first Asian nation to break into the top three spots, behind Sweden and Netherlands. Last year, it was ranked fifth out of 80 countries. Malaysia ranked 22nd internationally. Among Asian countries, Singapore topped the chart while Malaysia was placed third, behind the Philippines. For the first time, adults aged 26 to 30 outperformed those aged 21 to 25 worldwide, the organisation said.
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English is the second most-spoken language in the world after the Chinese language. About million natives and about a billion non-native speakers are conversant. There are few native English speakers in Asia, but a large number of the population use English as a second or third language. India is the most populous state that uses English in an official capacity. The exact number of people who can speak English in Asia is hard to ascertain due to the large and diverse population, but it is estimated that there are million in India, 94 million in Pakistan, and 90 million in the Philippines. This is not to say that the rest of Asia cannot converse in English.
Singapore and Malaysia among top 3 Asian countries with highest English proficiency
If you went to American public schools, you probably speak a second language about as well as you do algebra. Twangy Spanglish makes telenovelas more of a hoot, and menu-grade French makes Montreal even slinkier voulez vous coucher avec moi? Ah, but there's the rub: English is the world's unofficial second language, with some estimates claiming that 1. Elsewhere, you may have to work harder to be understood, but you can always find people ready to meet you on your linguistic turf when you're on their soil.
For decades, Asia has been the workshop of the world, fueling economic development across the region. But a transition from manufacturing to knowledge-driven growth will require better English. Despite major investments in English education, in both the private and public sectors, the average English proficiency score in Asia has remained stable for the past five years. That average, though, masks substantial diversity: Asia is the region with the widest range of English proficiency levels, from Singapore with a score of Recognizing that English proficiency is key to meeting those objectives, China has expanded English instruction to schools across the country, transitioned from memorization-driven to communication-driven teaching, reformed the national assessment tool, incentivized foreign-educated Chinese talent to return home, and invested in transforming its leading universities into world-class research institutions that publish in top English-language journals.