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Words usually mangled by Singaporeans….

Post by Fortan » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 8:49 pm

Just read this and it really made me laugh out loud…. enjoy it….

http://mothership.sg/2014/03/11-mangled ... gaporeans/

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Post by ohmz52 » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:14 pm

Couldn't find the humour in this..
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Post by Wd40 » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:26 pm

They have missed out on the biggest one.

Wif for With and Birfday for Birthday.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:38 pm

All of these mispronunciations come from speakers whose first language is not English. Some of them are grammatical in nature as construction of the Chinese language is different.

Even with the mispronunciations and grammatical errors, they speak far better English than I do Mandarin or Hokkien.

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Post by taxico » Fri, 14 Mar 2014 8:35 am

i was in a dining booth beside a mother and her two children at sushi tei some months back...

she kept praising her daughter... "you are such a smut girl! so smut!"

my wife couldn't stop giggling.
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Post by Max Headroom » Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:46 pm

The one that has been baffling me for its ubiquity, as well as its etymology, is when "flour" is pronounced as "fla".

Am I missing something?

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Post by Brah » Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:12 pm

taxico wrote:i was in a dining booth beside a mother and her two children at sushi tei some months back...

she kept praising her daughter... "you are such a smut girl! so smut!"

my wife couldn't stop giggling.
Too funny.

The comments in the link above are pretty good, a lot of the ones I've collected over the years are in there, but alas there are too many....

I disagree with SE though, Engrish is sappose tobee da main language here oredeee.

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Post by maneo » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:48 am

Wd40 wrote:They have missed out on the biggest one.

Wif for With and Birfday for Birthday.
What do you expect?
Lot of Ch. 8 folks out there.
There is no "th" sound in Chinese - the "f" sound is the closest natural phoneme.
This seems particularly strong for southern dialect speakers (e.g. Cantonese, etc.).

By the way, imagine their chagrin when they hear angmohs butchering Chinese.
Aiyah! :shock:

Max Headroom wrote:The one that has been baffling me for its ubiquity, as well as its etymology, is when "flour" is pronounced as "fla".

Am I missing something?
It's not that far off from the UK (RP) pronunciation.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/diction ... 1?q=flour#

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Post by earthfriendly » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 9:00 am

"Thank you" becomes "sunk you".

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Post by Primrose Hill » Fri, 21 Mar 2014 9:19 am

can't pronounce develop or deposit

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