Thursday, 19 November 2009

China now equals India in use of English

According to a report in the Financial Times today, reporting a study by the British Council (which I cannot actually find on the British Council website!), India is rapidly losing one of its clear economic advantages over China: the number of Chinese able to speak English is now equal to the number in India.

My guess is that the Chinese who do speak English, probably have the same range of proficiency in the language as do Indians.

As far as I can see from today's Indian newspapers, none of them has picked up the story. It is neither entertaining nor mood-lifting. Perhaps our newspapers may get around to the story tomorrow?

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