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which presidential candidate has the best English skills?

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Re: which presidential candidate has the best English skills?

Postby Chris » 11 Jan 2012, 15:37

English is Tsai's ... uh... middle name.
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Re: which presidential candidate has the best English skills?

Postby danrunsfast614 » 11 Jan 2012, 20:36

Googled and found this video where she is speaking English. Sounds pretty good:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXUzVZwciXk

Saw an interview with Ma on CNN a while back, and he also had a pretty good command as well. A bit hard to tell with both of them since I would imagine they were relatively prepared for what they were going to say.

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Found this, which I found interesting, probably less scripted...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ygpAnK0 ... re=related
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Re: which presidential candidate has the best English skills?

Postby FurTrader » 11 Jan 2012, 23:18

Chris wrote:English is Tsai's ... uh... middle name.


uh... her entire given name "ING-WEN"(英文) means "English" (not sure if her parents meant British or American English :roflmao: )

Ma's middle name "Ying" (英) is also "English" :) Although I think his name is actually "British Kowloon"(in Hong Kong, where he was born)
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Re: which presidential candidate has the best English skills?

Postby Betelnut » 13 Jan 2012, 01:36

1) Tsai
2) Soong
3) Ma

Soong's English is pretty good and Ma's is overrated and actually not that good. Tsai's English flows very easily.
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Re: which presidential candidate has the best English skills?

Postby gnaij » 13 Jan 2012, 05:38

1) Tsai
2) Ma
3) Soong

Tsai and Ma are more or less tied in English ability, but Tsai is more natural and less hesitant in her speech. Ma speaks too slowly for the news media to pull successful soundbites out of him, and seems to lose the political precision he accords terms such as "Taiwan" and "Republic of China" that he maintains in Mandarin. Soong isn't bad either, but sounds like he hasn't been using his English skills on a regular basis for a very long time, and has a more pronounced Chinese accent.
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Re: which presidential candidate has the best English skills?

Postby Betelnut » 13 Jan 2012, 17:13

Soong has more of an accent, but from what I saw in the press conference yesterday, he seems to be able to speak English fairly naturally when put on the spot which Ma did not do well in front of the int'l. media after the typhoon in 2008. He really only sounds good when he's prepared to read a statement talking about his political stance. Tsai's English is clearly more natural and she seems fairly happy to speak it.

gnaij wrote:1) Tsai
2) Ma
3) Soong

Tsai and Ma are more or less tied in English ability, but Tsai is more natural and less hesitant in her speech. Ma speaks too slowly for the news media to pull successful soundbites out of him, and seems to lose the political precision he accords terms such as "Taiwan" and "Republic of China" that he maintains in Mandarin. Soong isn't bad either, but sounds like he hasn't been using his English skills on a regular basis for a very long time, and has a more pronounced Chinese accent.
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