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June 21, 2005

Singlish

This guide to Singlish, colloquial English as spoken in Singapore, should come in handy for reading Xiaxue.

Nearly everyone in Singapore speaks more than one language, with many people speaking three or four. Most children grow up bilingual from infancy and learn more languages as they grow up. Naturally the presence of other languages (especially various varieties of Malay and of Chinese) has influenced the English of Singapore. The influence is especially apparent in the kind of English that is used informally, which is popularly called Singlish, but which is called Singapore Colloquial English or Colloquial Singapore English in most academic writing.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 21, 2005 09:31 AM

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I was there once. It is a "fine" city, as they say in Singapore.

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 21, 2005 08:33 PM

To translate Xiaxue, I recommend Coxford Singlish Dictionary.

Posted by: myrick [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 22, 2005 11:22 AM