Singlish is Singapore's version of English. Though it takes after British English, Singapoareans sounds very different from Britons. You might even think that Singlish sounds not English at all if you hear it for the first time. It actually takes sometime to understand the accent.
Just after Christmas, my husband and I hopped into a tax and asked the driver to take us to the newly renovated Kallang Leisure Park mall.
So I said "Uncle, please take us to Kallang Leisure Park mall."
He asked "Where?" (It actually sound 'weh' with no r at all)
I said again "Kallang Leisure Park mall."
Then it dawned on me that I forgot to speak in Singlish, so I corrected myself and replied "Kah-laang Lee-shoo Pak mall."
Then he finally got it.
But then he said next "Y goh to Kah-laang Lee-shoo Pak mall? Noh people deh! Goh to veevoh [pause] citeee." (He means Vivo City)
We said "We already been to veevoh [pause] citeee. We want to go to Kah-laang Lee-shoo Pak mall"
"Y not goh to veeloh [pause] citeee. Wannah goh deh now? Ah tek you deh now?" And he started taking a U turn.
My husband and I panicked and answered uncle "No, no, we don't want to go to Vivo City. We already know Vivo City!"
"You mean you been deh also? Dah one at Novena?"
So my husband and I look each other and said "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Velocity!"
However, no matter how bizarre Singlish may sound, I do understand that Singlish is a mixture of British English with Chinese (usually Hokkien) and Malay words. It's like Philippine's Taglish (Tagalog + English). So since I am the visitor here, it's just fitting that I try to speak Singlish. Anyway, even in the USA, the world's largest English-speaking country, New Yorkers sounds different from Texans, and Americans sounds different from Britons. So are the Australians and Kiwis.
This is how Singlish sounds:
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