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pronouncing Tampines

Postby curiouskat » Fri, 08 Jul 2005 3:05 pm

Just wondering - I know a lot of locals make fun of westerners who pronounce Tampines (Tam-pee-knees) as Tam-pines (like a pine tree). Realistically though, where does this word come from. It doesnt sound Malay, Chinese or Indian. I am assuming it could be European in which case the Western pronounciation could be correct. I did a search and found than Tampines is actually a tree but no pronounciation was given.

Anyone know?

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Re: pronouncing Tampines

Postby TEACHER » Fri, 08 Jul 2005 4:41 pm

PARDON ME, BUT I MUST CORRECT YOUR PRONUNCIATION...IT IS NOT TAM-PEE-KNEES NOR TAM-PINES. IT IS DAMN-PENIS WITH THE EMPHASIS ON THE PENIS.....

curiouskat wrote:Just wondering - I know a lot of locals make fun of westerners who pronounce Tampines (Tam-pee-knees) as Tam-pines (like a pine tree). Realistically though, where does this word come from. It doesnt sound Malay, Chinese or Indian. I am assuming it could be European in which case the Western pronounciation could be correct. I did a search and found than Tampines is actually a tree but no pronounciation was given.

Anyone know?

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Tampines => 'Tam' 'Per' 'Knees'

Postby koyuli » Fri, 08 Jul 2005 7:29 pm

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Re: Tampines => 'Tam' 'Per' 'Knees'

Postby Global Citizen » Fri, 08 Jul 2005 10:37 pm

koyuli wrote:Hi, I found this description online..


I once heard from an old taxi driver that the trees has fruits which are being processed to make into 'assam', which we commonly used in our asian cooking..

Hope it helps!



Actually assam comes from the tamarind tree. I don't think the two are related.


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