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Proper English or Singlish, Singaporeans both also CAN!

May 18th, 2012

 

I came across this sometime ago but forgot from magazine or newspaper or whatever.  I reproduce below for reminding us to speak PROPER English:

10 Mangled Phrases by Helen Marjan from Lorna Whiston Schools:

INSTEAD OF ….. SAY…..
1 Eat yourself Feed yourself
2 Wear your shoe Put on your shoe
3 On/Off light/tap Turn on/off the light/tap
4 I very urgent I need to go to the toilet soon
5 Can borrow me S$5? Can you please lend me S$5?
6 Why you so like that one? Why are you behaving like that? What is the matter?
7 Faster go! Go quickly …
8 Don’t do that, wait later you fall down Be careful or you’ll fall
9 Done, finished ‘already’ I have (already*) finished
10 Sheeps, gooses and mouses Sheep, geese and mice

 

*The word “already” can either be placed in the middle or at the end of a sentence.  In this case, it may be better omitted; the word is used too often in Singlish.

What’s wrong with Singlish ah?  Singlish is Singlish and English is English.  It’s entirely 2 different languages.  Singlish has evolved because we are ‘forbidden’ to speak dialects.  Singlish got hokkien, malay, english, etc all mixed up like rojak, to form a multi-language.  And eventually, dialects will be ‘died’ and spoken in heaven.

Sooner or later, it will be accepted as a language.  Imagine, the ang moh, cina, foreign talents who put their foot here or want to do business with Singapore, an internationally recognised successful and reliable small little red dot,  also want to learn Singlish.  Hello, not we force them to learn hoh.  This is our culture, full stop.  They want to learn so to become one of us.

So, teachers, please don’t belittle Singlish.  Don’t tell your students that they have answered wrongly.  Instead, instruct them before hand to reply in English not Singlish or Singlish not English or English + Singlish!  Our children definitely can give you impeccable English or hilarious Singlish or 2-in-1, your choice.

 

Remove limiting beliefs and replace them with powerful ones!

 

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44th NDP 2009 Tickets’ Lobang

May 15th, 2009

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Come Together, Reaching Out, Reaching Up

 

Being a Singaporean, have you been to the parade yet?  If you haven’t, you better try very hard, year after year,  to get the chance to mesmerise it live once in your lifetime.  You will walk away feeling very patriotic for that short period of time. haha!

Today, I am yet to see a ‘real’ one.  However, I am proud to say that I had involved in one i.e many many moons ago.   I participated in dancing on the padang.  I wondered you can rewind your memory and remember those pretty girls with short skirts and holding two straw feather dusters, dancing and waving the dusters upwards, sidewards, downwards, in all directions lah.

Next, I volunteered in my daughter’s school and brought them to see the preview.

So, now, I am going to apply, year after year, until I get to see the ‘real’ one.

How to apply for the 54,000 tickets? 

1)  Application opens on 16th May 2009 and ends on 25th May 2009 (10 days only ah).

2)  SMS:
Send “NDP”   to 8348-2680.  You will receive an SMS reply.  Follow the instructions and send the following in order:
               1)  Your NRIC Nbr
               2)  PARADE   or  PREVIEW   depending on which you want to catch
               3)  “2”,    “4”   or   “6”    depending on how many tickets you want 
               4)  “SG” if you are a Singaporean, or  “PR” if you are a permanent resident

     You will receive a final confirmation SMS containing all your details.  Local messaging charges apply.

3)  TELEPHONE:
DIAL    1900-112-4418    for tickets to the preview on Aug 1     OR
                1900-112-4498   for tickets to the parade on Aug9

                Follow the instructions as prompted.  You will be asked for your NRIC Nbr, citizenship, contact nbr & the nbr
                of tickets you want.
                You will receive a confirmation at the end of the telephone application process.

4)  ELECTRONIC OPTIONS:
LOG  on to www.ndp.org.sg and fill in the online ticket application form. 

5)  Forms are also available at AXS and SAM machines.

6)  Look out for some contests that will give away free tickets to the PREVIEW   or   PARADE 

TIPS ON YOUR CHANCE OF GETTING THE TICKETS:
Apply in fewer tickets, your chances are higher.  So, get your whole family to apply.

WHEN WILL YOU FIND OUT?
SUCCESSFUL  applications will be notified by phone between June 9 and June 18.

There are 27,000 tickets for each performance, 54,000 tickets in total.

 

Come Together, Reaching Out, Reaching Up

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