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[Singapore Dissident] Believe it or not, this is how they speak English in Singapore

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  • Blogger
    Ladies and Gentlemen, It is of course sad for this young woman to have been knocked down by a truck on Singapore roads a few days and suffered injuries. Of
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 24, 2013
      Ladies and Gentlemen,

      It is of course sad for this young woman to have been knocked down by a truck on Singapore roads a few days and suffered injuries. Of course we are sorry for her, who wouldn't.

      But I am posting the video below not to take away any sympathy for her unfortunate accident but to show you how badly Singaporeans speak English. If anyone outside of Singapore understood a word of what she said, I would like to know. What is alarming is that she is a trainee teacher and once qualified in a week or two would begin teaching young children in school. Can you imagine what sort of English her students would end up with!

      Being from Singapore , I can tell you this. Her English or her version of it spoken in the island is a cross between Hokkien Chinese which is the lingua franca for the 78% ethnic majority in the island transposed or overlaid with English. The end result is this mild singsong unassertive sort of speaking which they believe to be English but no one outside the island can understand a word.

      http://www.razor.tv/site/servlet/segment/main/news/87570.html

      Gopalan Nair
      Attorney at Law
      A Singaporean in Exile
      Fremont , California , USA
      Tel: 510 491 4375


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      Posted By Blogger to Singapore Dissident at 1/24/2013 08:44:00 PM
    • Blogger
      Ladies and Gentlemen, Believe me; I am not being insensitive by using this video to point out how bad Singaporean English is. The video is about a young woman
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 25, 2013
        Ladies and Gentlemen,

        Believe me; I am not being insensitive by using this video to point out how bad Singaporean English is. The video is about a young woman motorcyclist involved in a traffic accident in the island a few days ago as a result of which she suffered serious injuries. We are all sorry for what she has undergone and surely hope for her full recovery very very soon. No one would want anything but that.

        The video reports that she is a trainee teacher and would soon start teaching young children in Singapore . She believes I am sure, and her fellow Singaporeans believe it too, that the language she is speaking is supposedly English. Although it may be intelligible to others in the island who speaks that way, what I would like to know is whether anyone else in any other part of the world would even in their wildest imagination think that the language being used is English.

        And being a soon to be teacher, can you imagine the harm that will be done to her students, or shall I say her victims, who would leave her class thinking that they too are speaking English.

        The English language proficiency in that island is atrocious. It has not always been so. It can be best described as a cross between Hokkien Chinese, a sing song tonal language and English, resulting in the English being totally unintelligible.

        The problem is anyone who had any brains have all left the island and are living in the West, in Australia , the Americas and elsewhere. The ones left behind, such as this sorrowful woman, sorrowful in more ways than one in this case, are the product of those left behind, who are either incapable or reluctant to leave Lee Kuan Yew's one party police state. Not having any interaction with anyone from elsewhere, they end up speaking this way like a frog in a well which has never seen the rest of the world; thinking erroneously out of no fault of their own that what they are uttering is in fact English.  

        And can you imagine, Singapore tries to attract large numbers of foreign students from the neighboring Asian countries to study English in Singapore . If this is how they will speak English after their stint in the island, I would demand that the authorities be criminally charged for cheating and fraud since whatever language they are being taught, it is certainly not English.

        http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/road-accident-video-goes-viral-20130121&

        Gopalan Nair
        Attorney at Law
        A Singaporean in Exile
        Fremont , California , USA
        Tel: 510 491 4375


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        Posted By Blogger to Singapore Dissident at 1/25/2013 08:31:00 PM
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