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 ‘e’ in them.

Ya lor. – ! Used when agreeing with someone

 

German

Yes = Ja

 

2 Comments

  1. Sourav Roy said:

    Funny… my wife and mother-in-law (Germans) have a deeper 'yaaah' which almost always strats with a slight hint of 'E' in the beginning, as in 'Eyaaaah'".. ha ha 🙂 But I've made it a point that my kids don't go about 'braying' like that and just say a British 'yes'..haah 🙂

    20/04/2015