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Different forms of language/dialect

Ever since I moved to Singapore I have had to speak “Singlish” when I encounter the locals because when I speak English with my normal accent they don’t seem to understand what I say, but when I speak in Singlish they seem to understand perfectly. I am still speaking English but I think because Singlish is such a well know dialect in Singapore it is easier for the local people to understand. An example is when I am ordering food from a hawker I speak to the auntie in my Singlish accent so she can understand what I am saying better. When I speak Singlish I also have to shorten my sentences which by default makes then grammatically incorrect, but is easier for the locals to understand. Singlish has now become part of my Singaporean identity because I use it almost on a daily basis to communicate with the locals.

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