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Letter to the Editor: There's a huge difference between one's accent and Singlish – Singapore News

The writer felt that use of Singlish should not define Singapore or Singaporeans hor

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This letter was written in response to the following article: Netizen says they’ve always been embarrassed by the Singaporean accent and Singaporean English

Dear Editor,

Please, first let me remind you there’s a huge difference between a person’s accent and Singlish . People of different countries have different accents. But Singlish is an entirely different matter.

So, let it be if someone chooses to speak Singlish.

BUT,  remember that it does not define Singapore or all Singaporeans.

PLEASE do not say that most Singaporeans speak like that.

We personally think only people who can’t speak proper English speak like that. By all means, those who prefer to speak Singlish, do it among your friends only but DEFINITELY not on national media or on television. Oh! Definitely not in advertisements either.

By the way, I’m not saying that we must speak Queen’s English either.

Thank you

Molly Fox


*This letter has been edited for clarity

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of The Independent Singapore. /TISG

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