In Singapore, English is widely spoken even though we may be made up of a diverse group of people of four main races - Chinese, Malays, Indians and Eurasians.

Not really familiar with the Tamil languange, but here's a few phrases that may be useful. Have fun practising!

Malay:

  • Yes - Ya
  • No - Teedak
  • Hello - apa kabar
  • Good bye - se la mat jalan
  • Thank you - terima kasih
  • Same - sama sama
  • Do you speak English? - Ta-hoo-kah ber -da ha sa Ingris?
  • I don't understand - Sa-ya tee dak fa-ham
  • Help! - To-long!

 

Mandarin:

  • Hello - Ni hao (Nee how)
  • How are you? - Ni hao ma? (Nee how ma)
  • Very good - Hen hao (hun hao)
  • My name is. . . - Wo de mingzi shi. . . (Wuo duh mingzuh shih ...)
  • Please - qing (ching)
  • Excuse me - Duì bú qi (dweì bú chi)
  • Thank you - Xiè xiè (shièh shièh)
  • Do you speak English - Ni huì jiang Yingyu ma? (Nee huei jeeang Ying you ma.)
  • I don't understand - Wo ting bù dong.
  • Danger - weí xiàn (way shien)
  • Friends - péngyou (pung yo)
  • Good-bye - Zaìjiàn (dsaì jiàn)

Singaporeans also have their own language called Singlish which is a blend of English, Malay, Hokkien, Cantonese and Mandarin - speak these and you'll pass for a local!

  • One chicken rice to take away - One Chicken Rice da bao.
  • Don't be so difficult/hard/agressive - Don't be so kiasu lah.
  • Don't need a camera tomorrow - Tomorrow dun need camera
  • Not good - not good one lah
  • Where is the bus stop - Where bas?
  • Oh my gosh!/What - Alamak!
  • Good grief this is expensive - Wah liao so expensive lah
  • Ok - Ok lah
  • Correct - Corright
  • Don't be like that - dun lai dat lah
  • Black Coffee - Kopi Oh
  • He doesn't know what he is doing - He so blur lah
  • I am flying Singapore Airlines - I fly SQ lah
  • I can't hear you, can you repeat - repeat again or Ha?
  • Iced Coffee - Kopi Ais
  • How is that possible - How can lah?
  • I want to go to Orchard Station - I wan go Orchard MRT.

Have fun!