Friday, June 12, 2009
The Economist has the article here. This is a bit of a stark reminder to those that would claim that English has just about achieved a status as the world's second language and just needs to conquer a few more regions in order to achieve a final victory. The thing about second language proficiency in a country is that it requires a continual investment, not just a single investment in the beginning that results in a cost-free maintenance of proficiency in the language.
As for the Philippines itself, it's not necessarily a bad thing to lose a bit of English proficiency as they are also interested in knowing Spanish and Chinese as well, which makes sense considering their geographic position: