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    Question Neutral English vs Local English

    I wonder what is the difference between Local English and Neutral English? If possible, could you give me some examples for that?

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    Re: Neutral English vs Local English

    Where did you hear see the expression 'neutral English?'

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    Re: Neutral English vs Local English

    In my Sociolinguistics subject for master degree. Actually, I cannot understand what neutral English is.

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    Re: Neutral English vs Local English

    I don't understand, either. Could you provide a sentence or two which contain the expression?

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    Re: Neutral English vs Local English

    This is a whole sentence that I quote from the material "What kind of English should Vietnamese users of English learn - native speakersí English, neutral English or local English?"

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    Re: Neutral English vs Local English

    Quote Originally Posted by chuotyeumeo367 View Post
    This is a whole sentence that I quote from the material "What kind of English should Vietnamese users of English learn - native speakersí English, neutral English or local English?"
    I have no idea what can be meant by 'neutral' English. I suppose that 'local English' could mean 'a variety of English widely used in Vietnam'.

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    Re: Neutral English vs Local English

    #######NOT A TEACHER#############


    From the context, I would think of "Neutral English" as a type of English that is neither American English nor British English. It doesn't contain any representative elements from either of them(for example, American or British slangs, accents and etc).

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    Re: Neutral English vs Local English

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    From the context, I would think of "Neutral English" as a type of English that is neither American English nor British English. It doesn't contain any representative elements from either of them(for example, American or British slangs, accents and etc).
    It is difficult to imagine such a thing. While the formal written versions of these two varities are not very different, it is hard to see how we can find a 'neutral' form between, for example the present perfect and past simple when the two varieties use different forms. And what is a non-British, non-American (non-Australian, etc) accent?

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    Re: Neutral English vs Local English

    #########NOT A TEACHER############

    I can give you an example.


    Neutral English:"The weather's so hot. I am sweating all over" "Oh! I forgot to bring my bus card." "I will swipe mine for you"

    Native speakers' English(I can't guarantee that everyone talks like this): "The weather is freaking hot. I am totally soaked" "Crap! I don't have my pass!""I got you. You get on first."

    However, I have no idea what a Local Vietnamese English would sound like. Maybe you do.

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    Re: Neutral English vs Local English

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    "I forgot to bring my bus card."
    Who is to say that this is 'neutral'? In certain contexts, a speaker of AmE might utter the first sentence when a speaker of BrE might use the present perfect. Is 'bus card' a neutral expression? I think the expression 'neutral English' is meaningless.

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