22 Dec '11, 7am

Everyday Words and Phrases in Singapore

The newcomer to the island of Singapore should be familiar with some common words, especially certain Mandarin (Chinese) and Malay words. (Malay or Bahasa Melayu is the native language spoken by Malaysians). The demographic population of Singapore is approximately 77% Chinese, 15% Malay and 8% Indian (of which Tamils outnumber the rest). There's also a smattering of Japanese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Philipino and Thai that one gets to hear in Singapore as immigrants from all these countries have also made Singapore their home. Here are some frequently heard singlish words and phrases: Alla mak! This is used almost every time some one is amazed. This is a word that one exclaims with. Example- 'Alla mak! what she doing here la!' Aiyoh! This is used to express dismay or pity. 'She so pretty, then why she go kill herself, Aiyoh!'

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