What Makes Us Singaporeans? 我国的身份认同感

Singaporeans Chope Seats

新加坡人到底有什么身份认同感?我们的相似之处在哪?有哪些对我们新加坡人来讲是独特的?继续读下去吧!

What makes us Singaporeans? What are our similarities? What are the things that are special to us Singaporeans? 

Read on to find out more!

新加坡独特语言 Singlish

我相信如果是新加坡人的话,都应该知道什么是新式英语(Singlish)吧? 

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。

如果有外国人问我Singlish是什么,我会说它是我们新加坡人自创的独特的语言,他也是我们的身份之一。

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. When many tourist 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

说到新加坡人的身份认同感,我们怎么能不提KIASU,这个字呢?

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

Love for Queues

我相信大家都应该有听过“新加坡人喜欢排队”这句话。如果还要接下去说的话,应该是会加“尤其是那种很长很长的”这句话。新加坡人到底为什么那么喜欢排队?原因真的是因为新加坡人喜欢排队吗?还是其实是有什么大家都不知道的理由?让我们来讨论讨论吧!

为了找寻更多资料,我和家人做了一个间断的访问。从我取得的成绩来看,我对常常会看见新加坡人排长龙的原因有了两个想法。

第一:大减价或折扣

第二:非常有名的店,好吃的食物

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

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从和别人的孩子比较谁的成绩比较好到不同的超级市场比较哪一个厕纸比较便宜,这都是许多新加坡人喜欢做的事。新加坡人喜欢比较的例子:

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: 

例子一:每次在考完试拿成绩单的时期时,有许多家长都喜欢聚在一起,用孩子取得的成绩当比较。

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. 

以上是一些新加坡人会做的事。

Above are some examples of some things that Singaporeans do when they love to compare. 

#3:这个位置是我的!Chope!

Singaporeans Chope Seats

另一个对新加坡来说是特点的是每当我们在小贩中心吃饭时,总是会用一包纸巾来“订位”。当人们看见有一包纸巾在桌面时,就代表说已经有人坐了。

许多外国人来新加坡旅游时,看见这一幕都会觉得很好奇,不知道那包纸巾在桌面上的意思是什么。

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

Coronavirus Singapore

也因为新加坡人有这个“怕输”的特征,就在几个月前的冠状病毒时期,有许多的人害怕新加坡会封国,会有不够的食物和日常用品,在许多的超市场,摆放厕纸、快熟面和零食的架子几乎都是空的。在看见别人正在慢慢的买东西存货,大家也开始同样的到超市场里购物。

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. 

多元种族 Multi-racial 

另一个新加坡人有的身份认同感是我国很注重宗族平衡的这件事。其实在我国的信约里就有提到“誓愿不分种族、言语、宗教、团结一致、建设公正平等的民主社会”。这更加显示我国对宗族和平有的注重与看法。

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. 

总结来说,我国有的身份认同感有很多。有许多人都懂得“独特语言”和新加坡人“怕输”的想法。我觉得新加坡有的身份认同感都是值得我们去了解和欣赏的一部分。在我结束之前,我想知道你们有的看法。

请你们在下面留言让我知道!
谢谢你们,我也希望在下一个博客里能再次的听听你们有的想法和意见!我们再见咯!

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! 

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