We’re talking about Singapore Colloquial English, or Singlish.
The Singaporean government would love to wipe it out, but Singlish is gaining prestige in the English-speaking world. Oxford is even adding Singlish words to its dictionary. But what is this language like, and what does it mean to its speakers?
Singlish speaker Sean Yeo joins Daniel, Ben, and Kylie on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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(Good example of words from several languages in one sentence.)
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Google Books Link
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(Note the language attitudes.)
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Anthea Fraser Gupta: Singapore Colloquial English? Or deviant Standard English? (PDF)
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Singapore scene is entering golden age of indie music
Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.