The State of English in Singapore from an international perspective

  Should you improve your command of English or learn more languages? Alex talked with Kai, Vernon, Kevin, and myself last month, for the Limpeh Is Foreign Talent V-log series. We had a very interesting, open and unscripted discussion on many topics related to: Singlish, accents, languages, and pronunciation. Featuring Kai – Linguist, Polyglot, Language Guru (Finland)…

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Singapore: Making the Germans feel at home

‘Yeah’ in Singapore is pronounced the same as ‘Yes’ is in Germany. “Ya”   Singlish Yeah = ‘Ya’ The ‘e’ sound in ‘Yeah’ is sometimes pronounced with an ‘a’ sound. Other examples of this blending of sounds includes: bet / bat den / dan beg / bag Note: This does not happen to all words with an…

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No ‘Th’ sound in Ireland or Singapore. Dester problem.

In Standard English, ‘th’ is pronounced and formed with the tip of the tongue touching the top row of teeth. It is known as a voiceless or voiced dental fricative (IPA θ or ð). However, in many places, there is a noticeable tendency for this sound to change. – USA (New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia), this sound…

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How do you say ‘Pastor’ and ‘Pasta’?

According to the Cambridge dictionary a ‘Pastor’ in the UK is pronounced the same as ‘Pasta’ in the US! UKUS Word UK Pronunciation US Pronunciation Pastor par-stuh /ˈpɑː.stə/ pas-ter /ˈpæs.tɚ/ Pasta pas-tuh /ˈpæs.tə/ par-stuh /ˈpɑːstə/ Context is an integral part of language, so there shouldn’t be too many issues. Remember, don’t shout out ‘pasta!’ at…

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