Hi, have you also noticed that Italian politicians tend to have pretty good English language skills? CNN and the BBC are showing frequent reports of the current elections in Italy and I also hear a lot of interviews with Italian politicians on BBC radio. Listening to those programmes it occurred to me that all the Italian officials being interviewed can speak English fluently (while they maintain their unique Italian accent and intonation).
My question is, how well do the politians in your country speak English? (OK those of you from English speaking countries - you might want to tell us about the communication skills of your politicians as well).
In contrast to the Italians, the Chinese President H? Jǐntāo is giving his speech in the White House in the tradition of Socialist countries: He is reading a prepared text in his native language rather than giving a free speech. Every sentence is says is then translated by a Chinese interpreter. I think it might be more effective if the Chinese government just distributed a press release rather going through this process:
- creating a speech and typing it up
- rehearsing the speech
- creating an English version of the same speech
- reading the text at the official press conference/meeting together with the interpreter
As for the Germans, I know that some of the younger politicians, especially those from the left wing, tend to speak fluent English but I’m not so sure about the average MP.
So, what is you take on this?
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