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Old 12-19-2017, 05:43 PM
 
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I have heard Malaysians and Singaporeans speak and their accents somewhat sound like the Caribbeans/Jamaicans sometimes.

I know there were British and Portuguese influence. Of course, Chinese and Indians are the largest minority groups as well. I also looked up there were negritos, which were of African descents and maybe some of the influence came from them?
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:49 PM
 
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I don't think Singaporeans and Jamaicans sound anything a like. The vocab, the grammar differences, the accent--all very different to me.
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:51 PM
 
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Singlish lah.
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Old 12-19-2017, 05:53 PM
 
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I don't think Singaporeans and Jamaicans sound anything a like. The vocab, the grammar differences, the accent--all very different to me.
ditto
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Old 12-19-2017, 09:40 PM
 
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I have heard Malaysians and Singaporeans speak and their accents somewhat sound like the Caribbeans/Jamaicans sometimes.

I know there were British and Portuguese influence. Of course, Chinese and Indians are the largest minority groups as well. I also looked up there were negritos, which were of African descents and maybe some of the influence came from them?
This is a remarkable observation given someone I was introduced to two years ago while in The Philippine islands. First off, I am originally from the Caribbean and have lived and worked around Jamaicans in years past. My GF is Filipina. She has a niece in Manila whom, upon meeting her, the first thing I noticed was a very pronounced Jamaican intonation in her speak. She was the only one in her family of 6 with this particular accentual distinction. Why? Have absolutely no idea. Her Jamaican accent was so pronounced that I asked her to say, "Yah Mon" just to ensure I was hearing correctly. Eh mon, de gurl sound real Jamaican all de wey.

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Old 12-20-2017, 05:57 PM
 
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We need english standardization
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:22 PM
 
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I can see where someone might think that, but I think the OP might be hearing the lilt that Jamaicans have in their spoken English, as similar to that of Malaysians and Singaporeans.

I've heard both and they're different however. Look for accent, certain slang and colloquialisms, grammar constructions and you can tell. The Southeast Asians will also incorporate a lot of Malay and various Chinese dialect words into their speaking as well.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:44 AM
 
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I went to middle and high school in Boston in an area with a huge Carib population, and know many Singaporeans and Malaysian expats here in China, they sound absolutely nothing at all alike. Like, zero.
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Old 12-22-2017, 02:58 PM
 
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No they don't sound nothing alike .
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Old 12-28-2017, 11:25 PM
 
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Manglish and Singlish are the most difficult to understand for visitors compared with Indian English, Pakistani English, Filipino English and Hong Kong english.
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