Category: Language corner

New survey: Sweden and Singapore best at English

A new survey ranks best non-native speakers of English. Sweden is number one, while Singapore is number three. Global language training company Education First (EF) ranks best non-native speakers of English in their yearly survey EF English Proficiency Index. Singapore is the only Asian country in top five. This year, Norway ranks as number four,…

Worldwide connections in a second

In her New Year’s Eve speech, The Danish Queen Margrethe II encouraged everyone to do something unnecessary. Something to keep us curious about the world. Something to make us snap out of our everyday routines. Walking around Singapore’s landmark “The Merlion,” I was stopped by a couple of friends, who were doing a surprise birthday…

How expats maintain their children’s native language in Singapore

ScandAsia has spoken with a few Scandinavians living and working in Singapore about their children and how they handle the challenge of maintaining their mother tongue when living in a foreign country. Maintaining the Danish language in Singapore Mikkel Aabye recently moved from Denmark to Singapore with his wife Christina Aabye. Together they have three…

Thailand Language Corner: Fighting Illiteracy

มุมภาษาไทย / mum pha:să: thai / Thai Language Corner By Klavs Johansen (thai@maprao.dk) With this slightly provocative headline, we will this month strike a blow for learning to write and read Thai – at least a little bit. While some gifted foreigners have managed to become fluent in Thai without spending time on writing and…