UptownGal’s Guide to Proper Singlish

I was watching the blogtv.sg episode on the use of Singlish and the guest stars were (the infamous) Ris Low, Sebastian Tan and 2 angmohs whom I don’t know.  Listening to Ris Low and Sebastian Tan speaking Singlish got me thinking – are there any grammar rules when it comes to speaking Singlish?  I think there are… so here’s my personal guide to understanding and speaking proper Singlish.

Singlish can be categorised into 3 main parts as follows:

1) Singlish Vocabulary

The first is the use of an eclectic mix of words borrowed from Malay, Mandarin and a host of Chinese dialects.  In order to understand Singlish, you must first build up your Singlish vocabulary.  There’re many sites devoted to the introduction of Singlish words but for starters, you can check this site out.

2) Swopping of Nouns & Verbs/Adverbs

When a Singlish statement is delivered mainly in English, verbs and adverbs are often ignored and the noun is used instead.  For example, instead of saying, “have you eaten?”, the Singlish speaker may say, “you got eat or not?”.  Another example would be, “he’s damn drama lor” instead of “he’s very dramatic!”.

The opposite is true for a non-English word with no verb form.  These words are often anglicised by the creation of a verb form.  For example, instead of saying, “I couldn’t stop staring at her”, the Singlish speaker will say, “I couldn’t stop bio-ing her” (“bio” means to look/stare/check out).

3) Replacement of Punctuation Marks

This must be the most misunderstood part about Singlish.  Non-Singlish speakers often ask what’s the meaning/purpose of “words” or sounds such as “lah”, “leh”, “meh”, “hor”, “lor” and so on.  Many Singaporeans will tell you that these words carry no meaning but I beg to differ!  These “words” actually tell you if the speaker was making a statement, asking a question, etc.  To put it simply, you can think of these “words” as punctuation marks.  This list isn’t exhaustive but should be sufficient to illustrate my point.

“Lah” denotes ‘.’

“Leh” denotes ‘…’

“Meh” denotes ‘?’

“Hor” denotes ‘?’

“Lor” denotes ‘!’

With the above in mind, you can actually interpret what the writer/speaker is saying even without any punctuation!  Let me give you some examples:

“I don’t know which is right lah”

“I can’t make up my mind leh”

“So simple you don’t know meh”

“This colour nice hor”

“Up to you lor”

And that’s my concise guide to understanding and speaking proper Singlish.  Easy to understand hor?

P.S I don’t think Ris Low speaks Singlish… hers is a mere clumsy stringing of what she perceives to be English words.  Super cannot make it.  Cannot tahan leh…

Nokia X6

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Azure bought an iPhone recently and I must say some of the apps available are useful, e.g. the Traffic Cams app, ERP app, the Nearby Carparks app, etc. 

The photo on the left was taken by Azure using the iPhone and  I must say the image is better than what I expected, albeit it’s a little fuzzy.

Seeing Azure’s new toy made me very gian for a new gadget and I’m pleased to introduce to you, the upcoming, NOKIA X6!!  The specs are appended below for your perusal.

 

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GENERAL
2G Network
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network
HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 – excl. Lat. America & Brazil

Announced
2009, September

Status
Coming soon. Exp. release 2009, 4Q

SIZE
Dimensions
111 x 51 x 13.8 mm

Weight
122 g

DISPLAY
Type
TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size
360 x 640 pixels, 3.2 inches

– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
– Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
– Handwriting recognition
– Scratch-resistant glass surface

SOUND
Alert types
Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones

Speakerphone
Yes, with stereo speakers

– 3.5 mm audio jack

MEMORY
Phonebook
Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall

Call records
Detailed, max 30 days

Internal
32GB storage, 128 MB RAM

Card slot
No

DATA
GPRS
Class 32

HSCSD
Yes

EDGE
Class 32

3G
HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps

WLAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UPnP technology

Bluetooth
Yes, v2.0 with A2DP

Infrared port
No

USB
Yes, v2.0 microUSB

CAMERA
Primary
5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Dual LED flash, video light

Features
Geo-tagging

Video
Yes, VGA@30fps

Secondary
Yes, QCIF@15fps

FEATURES
OS
Symbian OS v9.4, Series 60 rel. 5

CPU
ARM 11 434 MHz processor

Messaging
SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging

Browser
WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds

Radio
Stereo FM radio with RDS

Games
Spore, D Mix Tour, Asphalt4 + downloadable

Colors
Blue on White, Red on Black

GPS
Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps 3.0

Java
Yes, MIDP 2.0

– WMV/RV/MP4/3GP video player
– MP3/WMA/WAV/RA/AAC/M4A music player
– TV-out
– Voice command/dial
– Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
– T9
– Photo editor

BATTERY
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh (BL-5J)

Stand-by
Up to 401 h (2G) / 420 h (3G)

Talk time
Up to 8 h 30 min (2G) / 6 h (3G)

Music play
Up to 35 h

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Can’t wait for it to come out so I can test if I can get used to the touch screen!!