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What's the English-speaking social scene?

Postby p-dex » Sun, 25 May 2008 5:06 am

What's the social scene like in Singapore for native English speakers? Is there a pretty decent contingency of Aussie/Kiwi/Brits to run around with??

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english speaking social scene

Postby Koukla » Sun, 25 May 2008 3:40 pm

I've been in singapore for just under 3 weeks now and have met up with a mix of Brits & Aussies & South Africans - and others from all over (Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, France) that speak very good English. Social scene has included pub / club nights out, BBQs, coffee / lunch. I've met up with them through friends-of-friends and my work - seems to be a good way to go so far!
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Postby HaiYing » Sun, 25 May 2008 7:17 pm

Hi,

I've been here a couple of weeks, and I've not found many native speakers. I think there are quite alot, but on the forums when I've asked for people to hang out with I've got spammed my locals.
However, I'm from Wales (despite my name), so if you are want to hang out, my contact details are below.
You don't say where you're from by the way.

Hai Ying.
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Postby p-dex » Mon, 26 May 2008 1:31 am

Hi! So Im from California... And moving down in about a month or so... I just gave up my apartment, but I'm looking for a job first.... As soon as I find one, I'm on the next plane... Let's definitely meet up though!

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Re: What's the English-speaking social scene?

Postby maneo » Mon, 26 May 2008 1:57 am

p-dex wrote:What's the social scene like in Singapore for native English speakers? Is there a pretty decent contingency of Aussie/Kiwi/Brits to run around with??

Many Singaporeans are native English speakers.
English is one of the 4 official languages of Singapore.

Singlish influence in their speech varies and can take some getting used to, but for someone from California, even talking to a Brit from Newcastle or someone from Scotland or Ireland can be like a chicken conversing with a duck.

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Postby morton » Mon, 26 May 2008 4:20 pm

Come check out FNDC - great mix of expats and locals. Everyone speaks English here and you won't find it hard at all to socialise.
Divers just love going deep and getting wet (not to mention all that rubber!)

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Postby krptykcookies » Wed, 28 May 2008 10:10 pm

p-dex wrote:
What's the social scene like in Singapore for native English speakers? Is there a pretty decent contingency of Aussie/Kiwi/Brits to run around with??


When in Rome eat, drink, be merry and fart as the Romans do :o)

This is Asia, so why not mingle beyond your comfort zone of people? :o)

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Postby yankee_ibanez » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 2:32 pm

Yeah p-dex.. dun worry about native English speaking.. people here in Singapore do have good English ofcourse unless u converse with some using dictionary words which not very Colloquial..
Mix around with anyone here u wud have a good time..
All the best for job hunt..

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Postby rasserie » Mon, 16 Jun 2008 2:07 am

im a singaporean.

when i went up to virginia beach for a short term course, the instructor was commenting to me about my english, saying i speak english pretty well.

this came as a surpise to me though, because it dawned on me that some ppl have the impression that singaporeans do not speak english. LOL

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I find it difficult to understand

Postby HaiYing » Thu, 19 Jun 2008 11:07 pm

I've been here over a month now, and I still find it hard to understand then natives. Esp when they get together, I haven't a clue what they're talking about then.
Saying that, I understand more than I did when I came. I think it depends on the brand of Singlish they're speaking.
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Postby maneo » Thu, 19 Jun 2008 11:12 pm

rasserie wrote:im a singaporean.

when i went up to virginia beach for a short term course, the instructor was commenting to me about my english, saying i speak english pretty well.

this came as a surpise to me though, because it dawned on me that some ppl have the impression that singaporeans do not speak english. LOL

Those colonials can be quite provincial.
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Postby freecat » Fri, 20 Jun 2008 8:28 am

i've been here for a while, so it took time to figure out, but the"colonials" switch to chinese dialects pretty quickly in the conversation among themselves, and use lots of abriviations, so u get use to it sonner or later, but they do speak english pretty well, minus the "lah" of course


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