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What language do Singaporeans speak?
Can Singaporeans speak proper English?
It is an official language in the country. Not only does Singapore society use English predominantly, a good majority of Singaporeans also use English as their main or even sole language of communication. It is time to own the English language and be proud of what we have made of it.
Why do so many Singaporeans speak English?
Singapore’s linguistic history is inextricably tied to both colonialism and decolonisation. A year after Singapore gained independence in 1965, the government established a bilingual education policy, designed to ensure that Singaporeans spoke both English and their mother tongue.
Do Singapore schools teach in English?
Students are taught subject-matter curriculum with English as the medium of instruction, while the official mother tongue of each student – Mandarin Chinese for Chinese, Malay for Malays and Tamil for ethnically Tamil Indians – is taught as a second language. …
Do Singaporeans speak English or Chinese?
The majority of Singaporeans are bilingual in English and one of the other three official languages. For instance, most Chinese Singaporeans can speak English and Mandarin. Some, especially the older generations, can speak Malay and additional Chinese varieties such as Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka, and Hainanese.
Why are Singaporeans so good at English?
The government’s Speak Good English campaign, launched in 2000, has been criticized as an attempt to suppress the country’s own form of English—Singlish—and marginalizing the array of Chinese dialects spoken by older Singaporeans….Why Singapore is so good at English.