What makes us Singaporeans? What are our similarities? What are the things that are special to us Singaporeans?
Read on to find out more!
Singlish就是我们新加坡的自创独特的语言！Singlish融合了新加坡人常会说的话比如“la, lor, meh”、英语、华语、方言、马来语等等。我也可以向你们保证在我们日常生活中说的十句话里面，过半都是会用到Singlish。Singlish对我国新加坡来说是个很大的特点。有许多外国人来新加坡旅游时，都会在收集资料的时候认识Singlish这个词，却不知道它到底是什么。
I believe that as long as you’re a Singaporean, or someone who’ve lived in Singapore long enough, you’ll know what is ‘Singlish’. Singlish is used by Singaporeans. What makes it unique is that Singlish fuses languages like English, Chinese, dialects etc. Some examples of Singlish are “la, lor, meh”. We usually add these words to the end of our sentences to express and convey our message.
Singlish has became so prominent in Singaporeans lives that out of 10 sentences that we say in our daily lives, more than half of it has Singlish incorporated in it. During our current affairs discussion at Jocelyn Chinese Tuition, many of my peers mentioned that they are very comfortable with Singlish as well. When tourists visit our country, they would do some research on our culture and country. Frequently when they come across the term “Singlish”, most of them are clueless as to what it is.
If I am ever asked by tourists on what Singlish is, I would proudly say that Singlish is a unique ‘language’ created by locals and used by most if not all.
怕输 KIASU SINGAPOREANS
KIASU 其实是怕输的意思，它是福建话。KIASU 这个字的解释也可以用现在许多年轻人都用的俚语FOMO（害怕错过或被忽略）。那“kiasu”的代表的是什么？为什么会说新加坡的身份认同感会有这个字？让我们一起读下去吧！
When we’re on the topic of Singaporeans identity, how can we not mention the word ‘KIASU’!
Kiasu is actually a hokkien word that means ‘fear of losing out’ and true enough, most Singaporeans can relate to the word a lot! KIASU can also be described by the slang that many young people uses nowadays FOMO (Fear of missing out).
So Tricia, what exactly does kiasu mean? Can you show us a few examples?
#1：喜欢排队 Love to Queue
Have you ever heard of the phrase “Singaporeans love to queue?” If I were further describe this phrase, I would describe it as “especially long queues”. Why exactly does Singaporeans like to queue? Is the reason really because generally Singaporeans love to queue? Or is there an underlying reason that we do not know? Let’s find out!
To further find out the reason why Singaporeans are always seen at long queues, I’ve done some interviews with my family. From the results I’ve collated, it seems like the reasons why Singaporeans are always seen at long queues are as follows.
One, it’s either there is a discount or sale, or that particular store/thing is good. Two, there may be a very famous stall selling satays or a department store having a 50% storewide sale.
With this, I would like to bring you guys to my next point, “love to compare”.
#2：喜欢比较 Love to Compare
From comparing their child’s results to comparing prices, many people love to do that. I mean who doesn’t want to save money right? Examples of Singaporeans comparing:
Example 1: Often when the examination period is over and when parents meet up, a common topic would be their child’s results. Many of them likes to compare their child’s results with another child.
例子二：在新加坡有五大超市场，NTUC, GIANT, COLD STORAGE, PRIME 和 Sheng Siong。在市场里，我们经常能听见阿姨们讨论蒜蓉的价格和那一个超市有大减价。
Example 2: In Singapore, there are 5 main supermarkets NTUC, Giant, Cold Storage, Prime and Sheng Siong. In the markets, we can frequently hear the aunties discussing about which supermarkets sells garlic the cheapest, has a bundle offer from July to August and many more deals that the supermarkets are currently having.
Above are some examples of some things that Singaporeans do when they love to compare.
Another unique thing that many Singaporeans do is to put tissue packets on the hawker centre table to show that we’ve already “chope!” the table. Simply meaning, we’ve reserve the table for ourselves and no one should be sitting on it.
This is something that when foreigners visit our country and sees this scene, they are often confused and unaware of what it means.
#4：为了安全起见，不好意思！ Better safe than sorry
As Singaporeans are kiasu, a few months back during the coronavirus period, many people were stocking up on toilet papers, instant noodles and other necessities. Those who read the news about panic buying also panicked and did the same as well. I remember reading about this news during one of our Chinese tuition sessions. This is indeed a mindset we hope to see less of in future.
Another unique thing about Singapore which makes us different from other countries is the fact that we are multi-racial and we put lots of emphasis on equality. In our Singapore’s pledge, there is a part that says “pledge ourselves as one united people, regardless of race, language or religion, to build a democratic society”. This further shows the amount of emphasis our government put on racism.
Singapore being a multi-racial country is something to be proud of as at the end of the day, we are all humans.
In summary, the identity that we have are unique. From Singlish which many people know about to us having the mindset of “fear of losing”. It is all a unique part of us, our identity.
Before I end my blog, I would like to hear your thoughts on the identity that we have.
Do leave your comment down below and let me know!
Enjoy the entertaining video below! Thank you and I’ll see you again in the next blog!