Humor: Singlish

January 17th, 2010 11 Commented

Here is a short You-tube clip that came to my mind when I was trying to relax myself after a stressful brainstorming session at work two days ago. I thought it would be nice to share it with my readers. It’s all about Singapore Vernacular English, commonly known as Singlish.

The vocabulary of Singlish consists of words originating from English, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Tamil, Bengali, Punjabi and to a lesser extent various other European, Indic and Sinitic languages, while Singlish syntax resembles southern varieties of Chinese.

Despite the great discouragement of the use of Singlish in favor of formal “official” English, many Singaporeans, today, still enjoy speaking Singlish, including myself.

In the following, there are three sentences which literally mean the same thing. The first sentence is categorized as the highest-class form of speech, used by the well-educated in formal situations. The second sentence is, however, more middle-class which is used in formal and semi-formal situations. The third, the colloquial speech, is used by almost everyone in working-class urban neighborhoods (educated or not) in informal settings, and is the speech we usually referred to as the English dialect, “Singlish”.

  • This person’s Singlish is very good.
  • Dis guy Singlish damn powerful one leh.
  • Dis guy Singrish si beh powderful sia.

Enough with all the information about Singlish, let’s sit back and enjoy the conversation between our national radio DJ with an unknown food caterer/supplier.

In fact, there is an uncle selling fried rice in the food market near my office often asks us, “u wan fly rice?” ;)

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11 responses to “Humor: Singlish”

  1. heathorn says:

    Ahahahahahahah!! We got medium cock, big cock also have……cock very nice one la! LOL
    I am still laughing at the moment…. XD

  2. Katsura-chan says:

    Ah ah that was fun :) Didn’t know about Singlish but i love how this women is talking on the phone ha ha.
    That was fun thanks ^^

  3. Lylibellule says:

    I didn’t know about singlish …. I had a good laugh anyway! Nice video :)

  4. chubbybots says:

    Lol promoting Singapore’s treasured unofficial language my friend, ho sei lah!! Haha I heard this before…sibei funny siah

    Haha okay enough with the Singlish :D

  5. rockleelotus says:

    the way that all worked out was hilarious lol singlish is great XD

    so funny to see the difference in the 3 examples you gave then watch the video and hear that call unfold, had a great laugh ^^

  6. divinelight says:

    I’ve heard about Singlish from my friend who got to school abroad, but haven’t heard one.
    Too bad my office block youtube until office hour over.
    I’ll see this at home than.

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