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Old 07-06-2017, 05:21 AM
 
Location: singapore
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Curious to hear about various experiences and help clarify if anyone is interested.
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Practically no experience.

I've only met one guy from Singapore and he speaks English pretty well.

I honestly don't think it's a big deal.
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:48 PM
 
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Nothing. Just hope they stop talking like that. People should just stop butchering other languages, period.
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Old 07-08-2017, 06:26 AM
 
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I posted this new thread because I came across some forums where foreign expats were criticising Singlish and saying that some of our government schools issue parents letters which have grammatical errors .. Some were saying it can be hard to understand locals due to their English ...

Glad to hear some positive stuff here ...
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Old 07-08-2017, 07:51 AM
 
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The subject came up in a conversation I had with a Singaporean co-worker just this week - her opinion: "it's just bad English". Bad grammar. She has no patience for it. She talked about the public schools trying to discourage it as well.
I remarked that sometimes it's hard to understand people from Singapore, but that's because for many English is a second language and it's heavily accented.

There is only one version of English, only one - "The King's English". I told her about the US issue with acceptance of "Eubonics" as a recognized dialect. She just laughed. Singapore won't tolerate that crap there, not in schools.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:01 AM
 
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My mom's best friend is from Singapore, and when I was a teenager, I remember she spoke English correctly, using British words. She blended in Received Pronunciation with a Chinese accent. So, no Singlish
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Old 07-08-2017, 05:30 PM
 
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The subject came up in a conversation I had with a Singaporean co-worker just this week - her opinion: "it's just bad English". Bad grammar. She has no patience for it. She talked about the public schools trying to discourage it as well.
I remarked that sometimes it's hard to understand people from Singapore, but that's because for many English is a second language and it's heavily accented.

There is only one version of English, only one - "The King's English". I told her about the US issue with acceptance of "Eubonics" as a recognized dialect. She just laughed. Singapore won't tolerate that crap there, not in schools.
I think I need to clarify something here, in government schools over here in Singapore English is the 1st language not second language .

Science, Maths , Geography, History, Social Studies, Art, Music, Design and Technology are all taught in English.

Only mother tongue ( Meaning Chinese, Malay or Tamil ) is taught in their respective languages.

I do agree with the heavily accented part though.
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Old 07-08-2017, 05:32 PM
 
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Since we are at this topic , like to share a related article


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Old 07-09-2017, 09:04 AM
 
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I think I need to clarify something here, in government schools over here in Singapore English is the 1st language not second language .
I understand that, no clarification needed. But you misunderstand our usage of the term "second language" in the US (perhaps because we have no official language, at least on the federal level, in the US) I think.
Not a big deal, but when we use this term "second language" we are referring to an individual, not the country - a second language is the language that is not the native language of the speaker, but that is used in the locale of that person
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Old 07-11-2017, 01:33 PM
 
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I think I need to clarify something here, in government schools over here in Singapore English is the 1st language not second language .

Science, Maths , Geography, History, Social Studies, Art, Music, Design and Technology are all taught in English.

Only mother tongue ( Meaning Chinese, Malay or Tamil ) is taught in their respective languages.

I do agree with the heavily accented part though.
I knew a few Singaporeans before and they spoke English with a typical Chinese accent with bad grammar. However when I asked they all insisted that English is their first language. I don't see how that could be the case unless everyone there, including the teachers, sound like that.

I would rate the thickness of the accent from my sample as comparable to someone who started learning English as an adult. These were folks in their 30's so maybe things are different now.
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