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Jun 17th, 2006, 08:02 AM
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Singapore Language

I am going to Singapore in a couple of weeks. Never been there before, and I know that most everyone speaks english. However, I do know that some places speak Chinese or a cross between Malay/Chinese. Is there any place online to learn a few words to communicate. I may see about going over to Johor when I am there. I have access to Rosetta Stone, but not sure if that will give me what I want
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Jun 17th, 2006, 08:33 AM
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Don't you worry, you'll get by well enough with English in Singapore and Johor.
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Jun 21st, 2006, 12:22 PM
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Some malay words:

Thank you: terima kasih
Good Morning: selamat pagi
Good night: selamat malam
No: tidak
yes: iya
Good: bagus

Pronounciation are close with Spanish. Pronounce each sylable clearly and as it was written.

Let me know if you have any specific words you want to learn.

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Jun 21st, 2006, 08:19 PM
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Only 14% Singaporean are Malay. I don't think those words can lead you very far. 80% Singaporean are Chinese, if you want to learn some words, try Mandarin.
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Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:31 AM
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To clarify what Zheng Yu is saying:
Malays are pretty much regarded as third world people by the Chinese and it is quite a put-down for a Chinese-speaker to be addressed in Malay, a language which they reserve for communication with the serving classes.

Stick to English and you will be fine.

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Jun 22nd, 2006, 04:59 AM
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Stick to English but end every sentence with "La" and you will fit right in!
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