Er welcome back! but Singland sounds really bad.........k2 said:Hello everybody~~~^^
I am from HK, probably some of u knew me already coz I first came here like one year ago and then disappeared for a long time then appear again and disappeared again....ha...
Anyway, I just dunno why suddenly I become so interested in Singapore, I hv been to there before but u know...when I was small...I couldn't really remember anything...
Quite a few things that I am interested~~~
Do people in Singapore speak 4 languages???
If Chinese is the majority in Singland, how come English is more important than Chinese??
I want to meet some Singland friend here^^
Singaporeans generally speak the language of administration (English) and their mother tongue which could either be tamil, malay OR chinese. They do not speak all 4. These are all taught in school since age 6.
English is more important than chinese in a way because everything here is written in english (Subway station signs, maps, forms, documents, publications, rules, basically everything). A second language is available only on some signs, forms etc.
Furthermore, it is a must for students to pass english if they want to go to university (and a good pass) whereas it can't be said the same for chinese, malay or tamil.
Thus, Singaporeans generally speak english better than their mother tongue.
However, the government is trying to reverse this trend a lil' bit.