Saturday, November 24, 2007

How's do you find my English?

This is a page of a letter from Jose Rizal while exiled in Dapitan from 1892 to 1896. More than 110 years ago, you could count Filipinos who can speak in English and here he was, asking us if his English was fine. Then he moved on to French in the latter part of the letter. Remember the great Claro M. Recto who got Maximo Cum Laude in lawschool about forty years later did not pass the Bar because of his English comprehension.
And Rizal wrote here that he was starting to learn Bisaya. But then his English was already even better than some Filipino professionals I exchange emails with.

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