By Kiana Koh
In Singapore, there are 4 official languages. English, Tamil, Malay, and Mandarin. But Singapore is also famous for Singlish. What exactly is Singlish?
Singlish is a unique language that has its own slang and can be heard everywhere you go in Singapore. Singlish is actually a mixture of all the 4 languages and other dialects!
So how do you go about learning how to use Singlish? Here is a guide!
Lah: It is used very frequently to further prove or emphasize your point in a casual manner.
Eg: It’s over here lah!
Aiyoh/Aiyah: It’s used as an exclamation for something that isn’t very nice or positive.
Eg: Aiyoh, why you so stingy?
Eg: Aiyah, why you so stingy?
Walao eh: Also an exclamation at something that you do not like.
Eg: Walao eh, she damn stupid eh!
Sian: A slang that is used to describe boredom, tiredness or just something that you don’t want to do.
Eg: can I not do this? Very sian leh.
Ang Moh: A Caucasian.
Eg: Wah, see this Ang Moh!
Kiasu: Means a person is scared of losing.
Eg: She send her 4 year old kid for tuition, so Kiasu hor parents now?
Kiasi: Used to describe someone being cowardly.
Eg: He don’t even dare to do this, so Kiasi one!
Meh: To challenge/verify something someone has said.
Eg: you sure it’s like that one meh?
Blur: Referring to someone who is in a daze.
Eg: eh, can you not be so blur?
Bodoh: Referring to someone as an idiot.
Eg: You damn bodoh sia.
Chope: To reserve something.
Eg: I chope this seat already leh.
With this little guide, I do hope tourists visiting Singapore will better understand locals as well as embrace our unique Singlish!