British English VS Singlish
24 March, 2006
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Who says our English is teruk? Just see below
Ours is simple, short, concise, straight-to-point, effective etc……..
WHEN GIVING A CUSTOMER BAD NEWS
- Britons: I’m sorry, Sir, but we don’t seem to have the sweater you want in your size, but if you give me a moment, I can call the other outlets for you.
- Ours: No Stock.
RETURNING A CALL
- Britons: Hello, this is John Smith. Did anyone page for me a few moments ago?
- Ours: Hello, who page?
ASKING SOMEONE TO MAKE WAY .
- Britons: Excuse me, I’d like to get by. Would you please make way?
- Ours: S-kew me
WHEN SOMEONE OFFERS TO PAY
- Britons: Hey, put your wallet away, this drink is on me.
- Ours: No-need, lah.
WHEN ASKING FOR PERMISSION
- Britons: Excuse me, but do you think it would be possible for me to enter through this door?
- Ours: (pointing the door) can ar?
- Britons: Please make yourself right at home.
- Ours: Don’t be shy, lah!
WHEN DOUBTING SOMEONE
- Britons: I don’t recall you giving me the money.
- Ours: Where got?
WHEN DECLINING AN OFFER
- Britons: I’d prefer not to do that, if you don’t mind.
- Ours: Don’t want la…
IN DISAGREEING ON A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
- Britons: Err. Tom, I have to stop you there. I understand where you’re coming from, but I really have to disagree with what you said about the issue.
- Ours: You mad, ah?
WHEN ASKING SOMEONE TO LOWER THEIR VOICE
- Britons: Excuse me, but could you please! lower your voice, I’m trying to concentrate over here.
- Ours: Shut up lah!
WHEN ASKING SOMEONE IF HE/SHE KNOWS YOU.
- Britons: Excuse me, but I noticed you staring at me for some time. Do I know you?
- Ours: See what, see what?
WHEN ASSESSING A TIGHT SITUATION.
- Britons: We seem to be in a bit of a predicament at the moment.
- Ours: Die-lah!!
WHEN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED
- Britons: Will someone tell me what has just happened?
- Ours: Wat happen…?! Why like that…?!
WHEN SOME ONE DID SOMETHING WRONG
- Britons: This isn’t the way to do it. Here let me show you.
- Ours: like that also don’t know how to do!!!!
WHEN ONE IS ANGRY
- Britons: Would you mind not disturbing me
- Ours: Celaka u