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Singlish

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Definition of Singlish in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A variety of English spoken in Singapore, incorporating elements of Chinese and Malay.
Example sentences
  • Check out these interesting links he provides on Singlish, the English/Chinese/Malay pastiche spoken in Singapore.
  • Singapore director Cheek's dialogue presents an interesting mixture of Chinese dialect, English, Singlish and a dose of Shakespeare.
  • This guide to Singlish, colloquial English as spoken in Singapore, should come in handy for reading Xiaxue.
2A variety of English spoken in Sri Lanka, incorporating elements of Sinhala.
Example sentences
  • Singlish is also the term used for the English spoken by many of the English/Sinhala speakers in Sri Lanka.

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