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Singlish is a layman's (usually negatively charged) term that could mean any of the following:

  • Colloquial Singapore English that is used in informal contexts by someone who is highly competent in educated Singaporean English or Standard Singapore English.
  • Lower (mesolectal and basilectal) varieties of Singapore English used by the less competent speakers, producing utterances such as "He my teacher", "Why you say me until like that?", and "I got no enough money".
  • Interlanguage or developmental varieties of English produced by some language learners at the beginning stages.

Standard English is taken to mean English that is internationally acceptable in formal contexts. In other words, someone speaking Standard English should be understood easily by educated English speakers all over the world.

Click here for an eye-opening encounter with Singlish expressions.



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