Will you support a “speak good Singlish campaign” and believe that a kid who is exposed to Singlish will not have his language skill degraded and he is able to switch between proper English and Singlish ?

You Say :

  •  In order to define what is good, first got to define what is Singlish?
    Am I speaking/writing Singlish or bad English?
  •  There is NO ROOM for Singlish on the international stage. Local language/accent does evolve over time BUT certainly there is different from bad grammar, bad sentence construction, bad pronunciation that no one other than your own country men can understand.
  •  I totally disagree that if you expose your kid to Singlish , they can switch . They can switch only if their command of English is outstanding
  • yes they can switch but time is already wasted when they could have learned proper english from the start.
  •  Lets look at it this way.Proper Language to be use at the right occasion. Singlish however is our culture, our form of communication and effective communication is about the delivery of messages with the right expression.
  • There’s nothing wrong with Singlish. In London the more rural areas surrounding it has people speaking local slangs of English that no English speaker can comprehend. But when you go to work they will know to use Standard English.Singlish is just slang, I don’t see any reason why it should not be promoted
  • If you are in NE england, the Geordie will be the main local lingo, in North england, yorkshire accent, in the south, the cockney.
    If in china, Szechuan, Shanghai, Yunnan, GuangGong, Fukien, Shandong, all have their local lingo or styles of verbal communications.
    Same for different parts of india, i m sure.
    Our local lifestyles and dynamism will evolve our unique brand of “singlish” for communicating with familiar locale, usually relevant only in the vocal context.
    As such they should be distinguished from the formal, written and administrative language in terms of venues of usage.
    As to whether they are detrimental to the learning of the formal language(s), imho there could be. However, these variants could have their intrinsic values of ‘geling” societal cohesiveness which some may argue are what we surely lack. Where do we draw the balance?
  • For goodness sake , have good proper ( not necessary King’s English) English being spoken & taught to the people especially children here in Singapore. Let this Singlish be around as local lingo but in no way should the Authority ‘campaign’ Singlish & over publicise it.
  • My take. No to Singlish. If people thought we could “create” a Singaporean culture by having our people speak Singlish because it was unique or something, they’re out of their minds.
  • I like Singlish, but I think our priority should be to learn good English. Many Singaporeans speak Singlish but believe they are speaking standard English.
  • Our children will have no problem picking up english in school, but for them to pick up singlish is no easy task, because most of our kids do not speak dialects in the first place, maybe they will switch between english and mandarin but not the local dialects, eg cantonese, hokkien, teochew, hakka etc. not many is able speaks so many dialect, no like old days we listen to radio there are many different dialects spoken then so don’t need to worry about the kids picking up singlish unless they wanted to.
  •  picking up Singlish is easy , especially with a daddy like me ! My daughter (4 years old) is adding “liao” in everyone of her sentence thinking that it is correct !
  • children from 1 to 6 years old you should speak to them either in Mandarin or English then they will have no problem speaking both the languages. What I go through if you wanted your kids do not have problem with mother tongue then it better to speak to them in mother tongue when young after they go the kindergarten they are able to pick up english easily.
  • anyone who think singlish will disappear or would not invade into our children’s realm must be delusional. Our melting box of races, religions and societal diversities mean singlish is going to be of us. Issue is how to channel its influence into a localised and vocal context, with minimised impact of our formal administrative languages.
  • how many amongst us really speak queen’s english or standard english or proper chinese…If you can find 100 of each in singapore, i would say that a success.
    Have a life and relax. Yes we shouldn’t allow the “rojak-ism” of singlish to predominate our lives, esp in the realms of academia, commerce, and technology and formalities, but it shouldnt meant eradicating a rich part of our uniqueness which we can have fun and laughter.
  • Why do we need to spend effort on doing something to singlish to put into a localised and vocal context? Just leave it to evolve and be eradicated someday.
  • If I’m a historian living in singapore one hundred years in the future, I won’t be proud to tell visitors that once upon a time, we used to speak singlish. I will say it’s a good thing that it disappeared.
  • Singlish is already uniquely Singaporean. I don’t think there should be such a campaign. Suddenly, it’s seems to make Singlish “artificial”
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