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  • hardie karges 1:42 pm on August 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chinese, English language, Malay, , shoegaze, Singapore, Tamil   

    Singapore: singin’ no blues in four languages… 

    Singapore has always had an image–I mean identity–problem. I mean: what do you do when you’re a tiny city-state slash ex-Malaysia cast-off slash Chinese immigrant magnet slash ex-Straits settlement British crown colony commonwealth cultural mash-up without comparison in the modern world? For starters, you speak English, boldly and proudly, and hope for the best. After all, what choice do you have? (More …)

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    • davekingsbury 10:01 pm on August 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Manglish is a new one to me, like it … always stimulating to hear dialect versions of one’s own language, as these nice clips show.

      • hardie karges 1:18 am on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, you gotta’ keep up with the provinces; that’s the cutting edge of language and culture–sometimes…

        • davekingsbury 5:59 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink

          The border is always more interesting than the capital …

  • hardie karges 9:04 pm on June 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: English language, portmanteau, words   

    Every Foreigner’s Favorite English Word… 

    Every foreigner’s favorite English word in the USA, I’d say, is ‘gonna’, that is: ‘going to’, pronounced ‘go-na’, really a non-word, contraction of course, but almost portmanteau in its muncha-buncha-crunchy-wordbits for lunch, add ketchup and serve between sliced bread… naah… I think I wanna’ go out fo’ dinna’ so I go-na’…

     
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