Many of my Taiwanese friends love to make fun of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je’s English accent.
On the YouTube clip of his short English speech officiating Taipei Universiade, some netizens commented that his accent is actually the typical Taiwanese-English style, while some opined that his accent could make him a good Japanese speaker when he switches.
Another clip showed that Ko, previously a doctor, explained to Taiwanese reporters that he could only speak English on the third day of his U.S. business visits. And he said that there is a lack of English-speaking environment in Taiwan. Continue reading “About English speaking and listening”