The Black Pig said:
Foreign doctors who can't speak proper English to be struck off: NHS must check language skills
Heh heh heh. Normally I avoid discussing sensitive issues with guileless people - not that I am saying you're, but on a forum like this, there are other lurkers who might be (how's that for tactfulness?
), though I'd admit I'd like to discuss very sensitive issues with civil, mature and well-informed people.
But here goes....
What about native speakers who speak atrociously, say with a cockney or a Yorkshire accent? Not to mention a Texan drawl or an Aussie twist. If queen's English (last I checked, the queen's origin is foreign) is to be the standard criteria, I'd bet more foreigners would qualify than the natives. And would that make that fair that other countries that employ English speaking foreigners require that they speak English in a fashion that the locals can understand, like with a local slang/slant? Say like requiring a man from Bristol working in Sydney to pronounce "To die" (today) for example?
Blimey, I better sod off now before people here take more piss.
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