TAIPEI (The China Post) – A screenshot of a multiple-choice question from National Chiayi Senior Highschool’s English exam created a stir this week.
The sentence in the test, “President Tsai-Englishit made some silly ____ in her speech,” is believed that have been intentionally written with the purpose of mocking President Tsai Ing-wen.
Asked about the incident, Sidney Lin, a spokesperson of the Presidential Office, said that President Tsai did not take the incident seriously. She added that the persons involved in this incident could take it easy.
A few hours later, however, the president posted information on the correct usage of “comment” (the correct answer for the aforesaid question) on her Facebook with a sample sentence: “President Tsai Ing-wen rejects Beijing leader’s unfriendly comments.”
She immediately won praises from netizens for standing the ground for her reaction towards China as well as “teaching a lesson and educating the public about the spirit of freedom of speech.”
President Tsai added on Feb. 19 on Facebook some info on the correct usage of “comment,” which often appears in English news, and provided sample usage of the word:
As a Noun: “President Tsai Ing-wen rejects Beijing leader’s unfriendly comments.”
As a Verb: “As there is no censorship in Taiwan, Brother Caramel can freely comment on public affairs.”
She then asked: “Does everyone get it now?”
President Tsai also hashtagged the words “Freedom of Speech” and “learning English with Ing-wen,” her mandarin name which also means English, again winning praises for her action, such as she had “found a gun again!”
“It’s not just teaching English, but also teaching democracy,” another netizen wrote. “Great, this both about ‘teaching’ and ‘democracy’.”
“This is what a president’s attitude should be,” “This is called humor,” people write. One person also noted that the comment about “finding a gun” is a meme in Taiwanese media regarding President Tsai’s recent stance on China’s threats which were like “if she found a weapon and was brave enough to act.”
The China Post Staff