Saturday, May 15, 2010

ASEAN's working language

Everyone speaks English

According to the ASEAN Charter Article 34 :

The working language of ASEAN shall be English.

The working language of ASEAN is English. So, if the association was to conduct meetings, everyone should speak English. Even every reports, records, statements and all those which concerned interactions should be done in English. As an association, it has no translation or interpretation service. Therefore, the member states of ASEAN should step forward into the teaching of the English language to its people and that includes us. We should make our best effort to learn this language. We know that ASEAN member states consist of people speaking different languages. With us having a common language, which is English, will make it easier for us to communicate with each other as part of the ASEAN Community.