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Spoken English and Broken English Short Summary & Analysis in english

 "Spoken English and Broken English" is a 1927 radio talk by George Bernard Shaw. This essay explains how to speak English to a foreign English student in the British Commonwealth, America, or when meeting a native. It says the native may speak a provincial or cockney dialect he's ashamed of, which could prevent him from getting a job open only to those who speak correct English.

The essay has three parts. The first part emphasises there is no single model of correct English speech. There is no ideal English, native or foreigner. Shaw discusses "correct English," or proper English speech. No two Brits speak alike, he says. They all speak differently, but presentably, making them understandable and socially acceptable. The second part discusses how everyone, educated or not, speaks differently in public and private. To make an impact and be understood, a public speaker must measure each word. In private, a man cares less about speech, grammar, etc. Shaw presents himself as a guinea pig in this section.

In the last section, Shaw advises foreigners on how to speak in English-speaking countries and gives a different warning. Foreigners should speak with foreign accents and broken English without grammar. Then every native he speaks to will realise he's a foreigner and try to help him. He can't expect everyone to be polite and use proper grammar. This advice is outdated now that many people live in English-speaking countries like America and Britain.

With globalisation and the need to learn multiple global languages, including English, people are seeking the 'correct' form of English.



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