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Broken Singlish

Everyone know that 90% of Singaporeans can't converse in good old proper English without adding a little spice of Singlish into the mix. But I realised that there was more entertainment value not in Singlish and how it is broken, but rather the funny mispronounced english that we often hear on the steet so much so that some of us don't even notice that its not supposed to sound that way.


How many of the words below do you know the actual english words of?


1. sack-ker-ter-ree

2. blastic bag

3. gah-men

4. zee-lo

5. lumber

6. ab-ba-lon

7. all-lady, oh-lady

8. any-body

9. ling-ger-ree

10. many-zer

11. belly, valley

12. car-rer

13. ass-que me

14. or-so

15. car-four

16. probrem

17. lay-lio



How many could you make out? Scroll down for the answers and the RIGHT way of pronouncing them






1. sack-ker-ter-ree -> secretary [say: sec-ket-tree]

2. blastic bag -> plastic bag [say: plus-tick bare-gge]

3. gah-men -> government {say: gav-er-ment, less emphersis on the er]

4. zee-lo -> zero [say: zee-row]

5. lumber -> number [say: numb-ber]

6. ab-ba-lon -> abalone [say: ab-ba-lon-eee]

7. all-lady, oh-lady -> already [say: ol-ready]

8. any-body -> anybody [say: any-birdy]

9. ling-ger-ree -> lingerie [say: lon-ger-ray]

10. many-zer -> manager [say: man-age-ger]

11. belly, valley -> very [say: vair-ry]

12. car-rer -> colour [say: caa-leer]

13. ass-que me -> excuse me [say: ex-scues me]

14. or-so -> also [say: all-so]

15. car-four -> carrefour [say: car-fuu]

16. probrem -> problem [say: pr-orb-blem]

17. lay-lio -> radio [say: ray-di-oh]


Which ones have you been mispronouncing all this while? Own up...


Anyhow written on Feb 9, 2009 at 12:57 AM

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