last night, after AMCI training which left me close to limping as i gave it all to shave 7 seconds off my time in the 2.1km run, i found myself saying something about the red cross volunteers and their murder of the english language, and niel said that i shouldn’t be so critical since not everyone went to a private school like me. i told him i went to a public elementary school, a state university and a public law school, and proficiency in a language has nothing to do with attending a private school at all. i mean, 98% of the folks who went to my private high school are probably no better than those red cross people. and it also has nothing to do with attending a postgraduate course. goodness, there are lawyers with really bad grammar too! the point really is that you have to be good in at least one language. if it’s not english, then fine, filipino will do. but all dictionaries be damned. their filipino is just as worse. i hate it when people resort to arguments like language proficiency isn’t necessary to survive. i agree. but 95% of the things we are usually concerned with aren’t necessary for us to survive. good communication skills still remain top priority for me, and i think those red cross folks should either stick to filipino or improve on the way they use the english language. they’re involved in training, and i’m not even asking that they be eloquent or articulate. just understandable and not distractingly funny. it gets in the way of the learning process and makes you think that the person teaching you these skills isn’t competent at all. but then again that’s just me.