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UNREASONABLE MAN INSISTS NOT TO PAY FARE UNLESS BUS DRIVER SPEAKS ENGLISH

A SMRT bus driver was accused of stopping the bus for a prolonged period just so that he could get 2 kids to pay the fare. Their family member complained that he went on strike by stopping the bus and failing to communicate in English. However, a netizen stepped up to defend the bus captain by saying that the kids' father was being unreasonable and had refused another passenger who tried to translate for him. The complainant has since chickened out.

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CHINAPORE JOB AD REQUIRE APPLICANT TO KNOW ENGLISH AND CHINESE

However, there is a requirement that the person they want for the job must be bilingual in Chinese and English because the boss can only understand Chinese. That is as good as saying "No Indians and Malays allowed! Fuck off!" What kind of country are we living in? Racial harmony, my ass!

Why must local Indians and Malays be discriminated against just to suit the preferences of a Chinese person who is too dumb to learn English? Perhaps it is time for the Chinese boss to put down his chopsticks and start reading a dictionary. Do these Chinese chauvinists even know that the national anthem of Singapore is in Malay and the national language is Malay, not Chinese?

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ICA OFFICER PASSED SNIDE REMARK BCOZ MY SIS-IN-LAW CAN'T SPEAK ENGLISH

My wife, sister in law and me just came back from batam, my sister in law is from china and she do not understand English at all...

She was at this passport checking counter which was mend by this malay lady who was plump in size... They were unable to communicate due to language barrier, which i then proceeded over to help...

While i was walking towards them, the malay lady that passed this rude remark to her collegue... "Simple english also don't understand" in a very sarcastic manner... I am very upset with this and wanted to take down her name... And guess what?

"You want my name, go to the office lo"...

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THERE IS NO NEED TO DEMONIZE OR DELEGITIMIZE SINGLISH

For many people, maybe speaking in Singlish is second nature and automatic, while speaking standard English requires conscious, deliberate effort (if they are able to do it at all). Those of us who can code switch can speak both effortlessly, i.e. both Singlish and English are part of our Automatic System. To master a language means practising and using it so often that it becomes effortless and natural - like a habit.

What all this suggests is that if the government is serious about promoting good English, its real job is to help Singaporeans master standard English so that it becomes effortless and habitual. This means exposing children to standard English from a very young age because after the age of 4-5, a person's ability to speak a language like a native speaker diminishes rapidly. (By the way, I would argue that this means nationalizing pre-school education because under the current fragmented preschool system, many children are just not getting the requisite exposure to good English.) Rubbishing or running down Singlish is a form of scapegoating; it's also an excuse for not doing anything more substantive.

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MY ABILITY TO SPEAK MANDARIN DOES NOT DETERMINE HOW CHINESE I AM

I just could not stand the sweeping statements made by several individuals suggesting that having a poor command of mandarin is a shameful thing for a Chinese. My question is, how Chinese you are? What is the most authentic culture?

The challenge of the day is to connect people who have a poorer command of the language with the Chinese culture, language and customs, albeit assisted with artificially simplified texts or translations.

Even poems by Li Bai was written in an era when the Hokkien language was the language used in Imperial Tang China. How Chinese would want be if he claims to be proficient in Standard mandarin today, when he clearly could not fully appreciate the beauty of the poems expressed in Hokkien, unless he studies classical Chinese?

If language is a form of identity, why aren't the majority of the Chinese today speak classical Mandarin like Confucius? Or to wear Chinese traditional Hanfu?

The fact that words were simplified, the language are made easier to be spoken was intended to allow the populace to connect themselves to the Chinese core.

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PRC AH GUA: S'POREANS THINK THEY HIGHCLASS BECAUSE THEY SPEAK ENGLISH

An infamous PRC crossdresser cum bapok blasted Singaporeans for being arrogant because they can speak a few sentences of English. He quipped that Singaporeans odd to be ashamed of themselves for not being able to speak their motherland's language, chinese. Of all the people, he looks down on Singaporeans the most and tells us to fuck off.

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