An increasing number of foreign students come to the Philippines to learn English, reported Kate McGeown of BBC news. Lessons are much cheaper than in the U.S., the U,K. or Australia and Filipinos can speak a convincing U.S. accent. In the competitive market for language students, the Philippines is attracting people from countries such as Iran, Libya, Brazil and Russia. Some school fees, at $500 for a 60-hour class, are about a third of the price of an equivalent course in the US or Canada. Filipinos can speak with a clear American accent partly because the Philippines was a US colony for five decades, and also because so many people have spent time working in call centers that cater to a US market.
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