i don't believe bad english alone will get you bad service.QRM wrote:So its elitism then, when you say speaks "properly" do you mean Queens English rather than Singlish, and that only comes about if a huge sum of money has been spent on overseas education?taxico wrote: nevertheless, i find as long as the black/brown/yellow/non-white person speaks properly and carries himself properly, the service gets better & better.
If you are black/brown/yellow/non-white person who cant speak properly you are in trouble?
just behave and enunciate properly; don't make the waiter's life horrible by giving lip. waiting on tables is what, maybe a rung above garbage collectors? (in singapore)
would you expect your garbage man to be nice to you while picking up your trash?
so it's not quite "elitism." the service sector in singapore isn't as "refined" as elsewhere so if you're speaking and behaving in a weird/negative way it would annoy them even more.
neither do i think you're up for major evil treatment if you have a strong accent (irish/cockney/russian?) or can't speak english properly - heaps of non english-speaking (and non mandarin-speaking) people come to singapore and they fare fine.
but these are based on my observation - something i enjoy doing especially in singapore...!