Please don't get me wrong, it was never my intention to imply that Singlish is English.
I hate it when I know
I'm speaking English and the Singlish-speaking person tells me why not use English in the first place.
think that Nakatago thinks that you
have this problem.
You are clearly a highly educated person and can make a distinction between Singlish and English. It is also very likely that you are capable of effectively code-switching (i.e. using Singlish when conversing with fellow Singaporeans and using Standard English when conversing with non-Singaporeans).
I think that Nakatago is trying to make the point that (sadly) most
(but of course, not all) Singaporeans simply can't
make the distinction.
They believe that Singlish is
Standard English and, for that reason, are incapable
of even recognising Standard English when someone uses it. So, for example, when Nakatago speaks in Standard English only to be told that she is not
by someone speaking Singlish, this is understandably irritating.
Of course, in any society, there will always be people whose communication is confined
to variants (and even sub-variants) of a language. They cannot help it. They were raised to speak that way, and were not
taught or possibly exposed to any other means of communication. Also, their social circumstances may mean that they are continually limited to using that language variant.
This means (in plain and simple English), there will always be Singaporeans who only know
and are capable
of communicating in Singlish
. However, what is alarming
their inability to use Standard English (this is after all, no fault of their own) but
their lack of awareness
that the language variant they are using is not Standard English
is the problem
. Not the existence (or otherwise) or Singlish.