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Does anyone know how to speak Scientific English?

Postby AC_Power » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:02 am

Sharing this from Mr Brown's blog which I feel the school should just admit that they should have phrased the question better. Such defensive stance is really making the matter worse in my opinion.

http://www.mrbrown.com/blog/2013/09/got ... e-meh.html

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Re: Does anyone know how to speak Scientific English?

Postby h3ngh3ngl4h » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:12 am

I think a good example would be the use of the word backbone.

In layman English, we say this animal does not have a backbone. In scientific English we would say this animal is an invertebrate

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Re: Does anyone know how to speak Scientific English?

Postby pirate » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:49 am

The moral of the story is don't send your kids to brand name primary schools. :duck:

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Re: Does anyone know how to speak Scientific English?

Postby Nebbermind » Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:45 pm

pirate wrote:The moral of the story is don't send your kids to brand name primary schools. :duck:

have to agree with you on that! :celebrate:

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Re: Does anyone know how to speak Scientific English?

Postby kevkevkaf » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:23 pm

so much drama ah!

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Re: Does anyone know how to speak Scientific English?

Postby sinoboy » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:41 pm

Like Singaporian doctor tell you "Eat panadol only if you have fever." So eat or don't eat or eat only? :slapshead:

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Re: Does anyone know how to speak Scientific English?

Postby Harlequin » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:47 pm

h3ngh3ngl4h wrote:I think a good example would be the use of the word backbone.

In layman English, we say this animal does not have a backbone. In scientific English we would say this animal is an invertebrate


pirate wrote:The moral of the story is don't send your kids to brand name primary schools. :duck:


How the MOE or teachers will know which kiddo is going to turn out to be a doctor or in medical profession? So, go go go, all go and learn "invertebrate", stop using "no backbone"... :evil:

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Re: Does anyone know how to speak Scientific English?

Postby Nebbermind » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:15 pm

Chinese singlish...no backbone = 没骨气

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Re: Does anyone know how to speak Scientific English?

Postby sinoboy » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:42 pm

Nebbermind wrote:Chinese singlish...no backbone = 没骨气

So that scientific HOD will tell you, scientifically you cannot call a person 没骨气 only if he or she has no backbone but you need to also call the person an invertebrate. :duck:

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Re: Does anyone know how to speak Scientific English?

Postby limlim » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:20 pm

IMO, Scientific English muz be penned such that there is no 2nd way of interpretation. The meaning must be unique.

e.g.

Light is only produced if electricity passes thru it.

Light is the only energy produced when electricity passes thru it.

Science is not meant to be a language guessing game. Only scientific concepts should be tested, not language interpretation.

That, is scientific English. If there are such things in the first place.

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