Singer and TV personality Dara, former member of the K-pop girl group 2NE1, talked about using Philippine English.
In the July 30 episode of the Korean TV talk show “Video Star,” Dara, who is one of the hosts, said she used to be embarrassed of her Filipino English accent but realized that English accents differ in various countries.
“My English has an accent. To be specific, it’s a Filipino accent because I grew up in the Philippines. Let me be honest here, I used to be embarrassed about having a Filipino English accent,” she said, SBS News reported.
But Dara pointed out that “as I grew up though, I realized that spoken English had great variation across the world and my accent wasn’t anything to be embarrassed about.”
Dara and her family lived in the Philippines when she was young. She started her showbiz career in the country after placing second on the TV show “Star Circle Quest” in 2004.
She left Philippine showbiz, became a trainee under YG Entertainment and debuted in 2NE1 in 2009.
“After I made debut as a member of 2NE1, a lot of people told me that I had a really cool English accent. Since then, I gradually gained my confidence. Then, I came to the point where I no longer felt embarrassed about my accent,” she said on “Video Star.”
She added, “Whichever English accent you have, you should not be ashamed of it. Everyone should be proud of their accent.”
In Education First’s English Proficiency Index (EPI) for 2018, the Philippines ranked 14th in the world with high proficiency rating and second in Asia behind Singapore, which placed third.
“Although India is better-known for offshore services, it is the Philippines, with less than 10% of India’s population, which has the larger number of call centers,” according to the 2018 report.