There are many differences between the English used in Singapore and that found in Britain and the United States. Some of the features of Singapore English are similar to features in Mandarin Chinese. However other languages, such as Malay, also influence Singapore English. In many cases, it is likely that the influence for one feature...
Category: Singapore Culture
Singapore’s Most Eloquent Siao Lang
It is not every day you can hear someone swearing so eloquently in the Queen’s English. Below is a Facebook video posted by Wak Ali, showing a man confronting a woman at an ATM.
Speculative MRT Map
Speculative MRT Map from the National Library Board http://www.nlb.gov.sg/
How to Pronounce Eunoia
As you have heard by now a newly announced junior college (JC) has caused much public interest online. ‘Eunoia Junior College’. But how do you pronounce it? 1. you-know-ah 2. you-noy-uh 3. you-noh-iea The firm favourite is number 2. you-noy-uh. Which can also be used on people when you find them annoying. Names can have different...
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)...
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....
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...
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
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...
Happy Chinese Ewe Year 2015
May the force be with Ewe Wool ewe please take care and goat have some fun Chewbacca Pun credit: Cheeming Boey
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