Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Singlish, ah.

The evolution of language has and will never stop. This has been proven throughout centuries when languages evolve. There are some languages that are considered dead but there are those too that are considered new and evolving.

Just like Singlish. Singlish is a dialect (maybe slang) that means Singapore English. (Note that this isn't the official language of the country. The four official languages of the country are Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English. English is the most common language used as this unutes the different ethnic groups.) Singlish is a combination of English and those other languages spoken in the country like Malay and Hokkien. Singlish speakers are not necessarily aware of which language they are from. Singlish speakers usually end their sentence with a distinctive exclamation like ah, lah, ley and what.

I'm not at home lah. That's why ah.
Don't like that lah.
It is very troublesome ley.
No parking lots here, what.

Do you get it, what?


  1. Oh my, they do speak English but its kinda hard to understand. I totally get what you're saying here.

  2. there's always a combination of languages in every country. thats why theres evolution in and of language.

  3. So what does "what" means in their Singlish? I didn't get it. Amanda Craft

  4. "what" is their sort of gay linggo. it actually makes no sense if youll interpret "what" in the english definition.