Monday 23 May 2016

Engrish Writing Competition

There is a shockingly atrocious email from the New York Times' Head of Education (Asia Pacific), Ms Mandy Lam, that contains numerous errors in English (please read below).

So instead of participating in the NYT's 2016 English Writing Competition, we should have a competition to see how many grammatical mistakes there are in Ms Lam's email, which was sent to all universities and high schools in Hong Kong ... and presumably to similar education institutions in the Asia Pacific region as well.

Mandy Lam, you should be marked down for your work (you may well blame your underlings or interns, but you are still responsible and accountable for your diabolical email). You should be thoroughly ashamed of being the NYT's head of education.

How many grammatical errors are there?? Shocking.

Reference (this was the mass email sent by Mandy Lam today to all universities and high schools)

From: Lam, Mandy <>
Date: Monday, 23 May 2016
Subject: English Writing Competition Asia Pacific - Call for Entries

Dear all,

New York Times are pleased to having the 2016 English Writing Competition in Asia Pacific 

We are now Call for Entries and The topic of this year 2016 is "Global Youth", attached herewith the Terms and Condition for your reference. All participants will get the certificate of participation and the shortlisted articles will publish in a booklet and send out to the schools in Asia Pacific. The champion article will publish in International New York Times Asia Pacific Edition.

I also enclosed the 2015 booklet of articles under the topic of Global Education to you. 

We have two category of Writing Competition: University and Secondary School.

This is a good writing exercise to share your works across Asia Pacific and learn from each others. Please feel free to invite any of your students to join the Writing Competition.

Looking forward to your submission.


Head of Education, Asia Pacific
International New York Times
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