What is Singlish

Singlish is Singapore English, a localised version of English proudly spoken in Singapore by everyday Singaporeans.

Singlish's vocabulary consists of words originating from English, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Tamil etc. very much reflective of Singapore's own multicultural society. Singlish speakers couldn't care less about grammatical correctness, as long as the message is conveyed through. 

After all, efficiency counts and grammar could only bring you this far.

"The local language you need to master if you want to be treated as a pseudo-native—one that would bless you with as many local friends as possible in a short time."

Urban Dictionary

A Special Place

As much as Singlish is ridiculed by those who speak queen's English; Singlish holds a very special and beloved place in the heart of many Singaporeans and at times, FT (Foreign talents).

To many, Singlish has become almost synonymous with the city state's identity despite it is officially discouraged.

Being creative with Singlish

Singlish is also increasingly becoming a way for locals to express their national identity. This is especially evident with creation of Singlish inspired publication and literature.

Similar expression can also be seen in other media like the TV series Phua Chu Kang, which has become a recognisable Singlish icon.

Making it into Oxford

As early as year 2000, several Singlish words made it into the Oxford English Dictionary's (online version).

Most recently in 2016, 19 more Singlish slangs are added to Oxford English Dictionary. These slangs are easily spotted in everyday conversation island wide, for example Ang mohblur, sotong etc.