mypaper (03/03/2008)

March 3, 2008

Let us all take a look at some of the errors I have spotted within mypaper on Monday, 3rd March 2008.

I came to the awareness that this is in fact the paper to read should you wish to improve your English language. Doing editing and peer reviews of flawed documents or essays are always good means to know where you stand.

Article: ‘Physical breach’ at Whitley detention centre (Page A6)
Excerpt – He added: “But we are taking nothing for granted in terms of where might be.”

Article: Commision of inquiry set up (Page A7)
Excerpt – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs announced this to reports when he visited the Special Operations Command at Queensway yesterday morning.

(They forgot to introduce him as Mr Wong Kan Seng in this paragraph, and followed up with this with “Mr Wong”s all over the article. Mr Wong who?)

Article: China’s new parliament to endorse ‘super-ministries’ (Page A8)
Excerpt – China’s new parliament is expected to promote younger leaders and possibly a non-Communist and will endorse plans to create powerful “super-ministries” when it convenes on Wednesday.

Article: Young Ming goes behind the camera (Page A20)
Excerpt – He was later was sent back to Taiwan to file stories in both English and Mandarin.

Article: Affleck has new ‘sex video’ (Page A20)
Excerpt – But in Hollywood, it’s a ‘sex video’ of sorts between actor Ben Affleck an Jimmy Kimmel.

Not too good a sign for the corporation behind the local non-fiction bestseller “English As It Is Broken” , is it?

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March 2, 2008

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mypaper

March 2, 2008

I know that I am probably going to ruffle a few feathers here by saying this, but I am still going to anyway.

mypaper seriously needs a change of editors.

Even if it is a free local tabloid, the paper really needs an increase in its sense of social responsibility to the mass readers. Even with its generally positive reviews thus far, with the concept of the paper being fresh and unique, combining both English and Mandarin elements into a single paper, together with the implementation of a vocabulary bank where new vocabulary can be picked up between languages, the easy-to-understand language and the simple yet eye-catching layout of the newspaper, the paper really has a lot of areas for improvement.

On two pertinent instances already, the editors chose to focus on largely-overseas events instead of a major Singapore happening.

Firstly, it’s the day after the results broke that Singapore had emerged victorious in its bid to host the inaugural Youth Olympics in 2010. Instead of focusing on that, the front page story was that of the Edison Chen scandal. Local blogger Dawn Yang came out of her shell with her story that the actor had once made a move on her, though she rejected the advances he made on her.

Now, we see the paper focussing on the Starbucks shutdown in the US (Thur, 28/02/08) for its English segment, as well as how Facebook has widereaching global impacts and how some corporations are actually inspecting the Facebook accounts on their employees to monitor their employability for the Chinese segment. If you haven’t noticed, that’s the day after Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) Terrorish Mas Selamat Kastari had actually escaped the Whitley Road Detention Centre, sending the nation into high security alert. News on that was relegated to a single column in the English segment, and a quarter of a page on the Chinese segment.

Alright, I shall choose to ignore the fact the editors of the paper really have a warped sense of ideas as to what a front page story should be, considering that the paper has to be milked for all its worth.

It’s just that, for a such a thin English tabloid to have that many spottable English grammatical /spelling/ punctuation/ sentence structure/ slang errors within a day, it just becomes slightly more unforgiveable. I apologise that I’m such a stickler for details, but it lies in the paper’s social responsibility to be answerable to its readers. Perhaps Secondary School teachers can start using the paper as a training ground to hone their students’ skills in the editing / transformation segments of the English paper.

The following encapsulates a few mistakes which arose over the past few days:

Article: “Lessons for a budding journalist” (Page A2, 28/02/2008)
Excerpt: There were no celebrities with their glittery designer gowns. No gold statuettes to mark the even,t either.

Article: “Material Mum makes it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” (Page A15, 28/02/2008)
Except: The album, which features such songs as Candy Store and the first single Four Minutes, is the follow-up to Confessions on a Dance Floor, which made its debut at No. 1 on the US pop chart in November 2005

Article: “Love Him, Hate Him” (Page A1, 29/02/2008)
Excerpt: The charismatic Thai politician who is so intensely hated and loved at the same returned to his homeland yesterday to an emotional welcome after 18 months of self-imposed exile overseas.

Article: “No more politics: Thaksin” (Page A8, 29/02/2008)
Excerpt: The billionaire-turned-politician acknowledged that some politicians had ties with him, but added that this was “part of Thai culture” and should not construed as a political comeback.

There are still many other errors around for you to spot, in the midst of building up your current affairs knowledge.

Have fun!

Angmoh Issues

February 11, 2008

What enthralls me towards the entire Singaporeans-cannot-speak-proper-English brouhaha stirred by Taiwanese variety programme “Mr Con & Ms Hsi” is the fact that, with all these misgivings towards Singapore’s style of the language, it somewhat seems to me (as an assumption here though) that Singapore is more capable of attracting expats than Taiwan. Surely communication and language have a huge role to play in this?

In addition to that, undergraduates (such as celebrities like Jolin Tsai, who has even ironically released an English Language guidebook) are able to graduate with degrees in the English Language, when, I suppose, foreigners have more trouble understanding them and their inaccurate pronunciation, deplorable grammar and poor vocabulary. I guess we should all further our language studies there? Since with such standards, most people in Singapore will be able to graduate with PhDs already, not only degrees! (The most grating ones of all is hearing things like “Happy Burstday”)

But knowing how Singapore reacts to criticism, I guess the “華語 Cool!” movement will take a backseat this year while the nation campaigns even more strongly for the Speak Good English Movement.


Aiyo die la.. lidat hor.. Singapore English aka Singlish how? So what if it’s a jia-ba-lang rojak language.. All the heritage and culture in it leh..? i think Singapore English not good enuf to be the best in the world la.. but still.. kena say until like dat by those taiwan ppl hor.. sibeh paiseh one leh..

*Written by aR