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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12.5 Reasons to Celebrate Living in Singapore

I have now Lived in Singapore Exactly 12.5 Years I’ve lived in Singapore for one quarter of the 50 years of its independence. The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Singapore began in February 2003, good timing, but this did not deter me. In Singapore I found my true love, Bevlyn… and a strange fascination with Rambutans…

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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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Singapore Passport: 5th Powderful Passport to Travel With

The World’s Most Powerful Passports (Singapore up one place from 2013) 2014 According to the Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, Singapore is in joint 5th place in terms of having visa-free access internationally. This placement is along side Switzerland as countries who enjoy access to 167 countries without the need for a visa. 2013  …

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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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6 Common Phrases Used in Singapore Schools

Heard by students from a teacher’s perspective With the fast pace of Singapore life, school is no different. How can students quickly and efficiently communicate with teachers in the classroom? These 6 examples are short and straight to the point: (but some are grammatically incorrect). 1. Can go (to the) toilet? There are a few problems with…

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