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Singlish - A Variety of English

Listen to an interview with Tony from Singapore. He runs a small shop in Edinburgh, where he sells purses, bags and umbrellas. For twenty minutes he closed his shop in order to give us a glimpse of Singlish and other cultural aspects.

Listen to the interview (11 mins.) and answer the questions afterwards.

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Comprehension


Try the interactive tasks (multiple choice and true or false).

Find Out

  1. How English has become a first language in Singapore.
  2. Make a timeline.
  3. The present status of English in Singapore.

Compare

Singlish/Hong Kong English
This is a useful website Hong Kong facts

  1. How English has become a first language in Hong Kong.
  2. Make a timeline.
  3. Which differences do you see when you compare with Singapore?

Oral Pair Work

Student A: Pretend that you are going to make an interview with a student from Hong Kong. Use the interview with Tony as a basis and ask him/her questions.
Student B: Pretend that you are from Hong Kong. Look up information about Hong Kong and prepare for answers, e.g. by using this website Hong Kong facts
Perform the interview.

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