People who speak a language that is not “their own”, have an accent based on sounds that are easier or more difficult for them. Japanese people speak very “soft” Engrish, because there are sounds that they don’t have. It’s easy to understand, though, because they are simply modifying sounds.
Taiwan, however, teaches English with very different sounds than are “real” to US or UK listeners. “How Motch Doz Eat Coast”? How? What? You want to eat the shoreline? Actually, they’re saying “How much does it cost?” The KK English pronounciation symbols have been taught wrong in schools.
“I want to ride the boss”. This is a classic example. Do you want to have sex with your boss or do you want to ride a bus? “Boss” in Taiwan-invented English is pronounced “Bose”, to foreigners. Kofee? No, that’s “cofee”. “I boat a car.” No, you “bought” a car… Shoe-Ger is actually “sugar”…
This is not Taiwanese students’ fault. it’s the education system. Different English anywhere is correct: Australia, US, UK, etc. However, if you make something up, someone’s not going to understand it.
I used to teach English in Taiwan. I had a student who was born in Taiwan and then was sent by his parents to Singapore. He came back 5 years later and told me that something was “EEK WAK KALA”. I couldn’t understand. Finally his sister who is a bit older said “He’s saying ‘it’s white’”. Singapore people can’t say “blue”, “yellow”, or “red”, because their pronounciation is so terrible that nobody would understand them. They have to add the word “colour” to the end of any colour.
English: “White”----Singlish “Wak kala”.
English: “Red”—Singlish “Ret kala”
English “Green”–Singlish “Greek kala”
I am not going to rant about this. But if you want to know how to correct Taiwan’s English students and their KK symbol pronounciation, I can tell you.
If you want to know why, pronounciation aside, I HATE people from Singapore, I can tell you that, too. Just ask. (I really HATE people from Singapore, but it’s not because of their pronounciation).
As English is becoming a language used around the world, I only hope I can help people understand each other and make the world better–except for people from Singapore.
(Sorry about that, you Singapore viewers).