Can I use the phrase "good English"?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ActivePassive, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. ActivePassive Member

    Anyang, South Korea
    AE - Native Speaker
    I work in Korea and I just had a co-worker correct me when I told one of our other co-workers "Good English!" after she said something in English. It's something that is said often in Korea in the English-teaching realm. At first, I agreed with him as it sounds a bit dumbed down. However, after thinking on it more, I really think there is no issue with telling someone "good English." It's an assumptive phrase like "(You used a) good English (phrase)."

    My co-worker said that one can only use proper English or speak English well. It seemed rather arrogant when he said it.

  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    Good English! said in your circumstance is just fine, in my opinion.
  3. wandle

    wandle Senior Member

    English - British
    A comparable expression in foreign language teaching would be 'Good German!' or 'Good Korean!'
    In my opinion, these would be natural enough in that teaching context and would work well.

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