|Does everyone speak English ?|
I am a little disappointed with Mr Hunt. With the internet age, his knowledge about the language usage in the world almost come to nil. The article is very recent, in 2014.
Perhaps, it should be said, he has the conspiracy theory in mind. But the famous Diplomat publication editorial board should know better. But alas, they did not too.
Most academicians like to use the old data, they refused to accept the new ones. They are too afraid to make mistake as counting language users are difficult to do so.
As a famous publication, how misleading this article could be.
From the point of a westerner, he can thank America but not the whole ASEAN countries.
Does English language help the Philippines to perform better in economy? If your answer is a YES. Think twice. Why there are so many Filipinos working as maids and laborers outside the country. They should be be very strong like the America.
ASEAN needs Esperanto but not English.
If the Philippines do not teach English in the country, they cost of education will be come down. Learning English needs 3200 hours but learning Esperanto needs less than 200 hours.
Each and everyone has the fair and equal chance to compete in the society as not because some cannot speak English and they are left out, read 2-2.
More than 99% of the ASEAN people will be educated and knowledge powerful. If you can read and write, even you don't speak your mother tongue, in the Philippines, many tribal languages are killed due to the English.
No reason that the people ASEAN people should use English with American. On the other hand, why not the Americans learn the ASEAN languages ?
We need a fair and equal situation.
Americans learn 6 months of Esperanto and people in ASEAN learn 6 months of Esperanto. Not only one side is controlling the world language market.
The people in ASEAN should reject this idea English remains ASEAN best policy.
ASEAN does not need English.
The Philippines have the Americans to thank for English proficiency. In Myanmar, English has only just survived, because of that country’s colonial history. Singapore still has English listed as one of four official languages and Cambodia has made enormous strides in learning the language, sparked by the intervention there by the United Nations in the early 1990s and the hundreds of NGOs that followed and stayed.
Elsewhere, English is still struggling.
Esperanto can be spoken in United Nations. Do not mislead by the article.