Quick Answer: Does everyone in Singapore speak English?

Is English widely spoken in Singapore?

The English language in Singapore

English is the main language used in school and at work in Singapore, and has become the city’s most commonly spoken language. British English is adopted as the main English standard as a legacy of the country’s time as a British colony.

Is English mandatory in Singapore?

Although English is the language of instruction in Singapore schools, Mother Tongue is a compulsory subject at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level (‘O’ Level) and Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level (‘A’ Level).

How widespread is English in Singapore?

In our EF English Proficiency Index research, Singaporean adults have, on average, some of the highest English proficiency levels in the world, coming in third place out of 88 countries, trailing only Sweden and the Netherlands.

Can you get by with English in Singapore?

There are four official languages in Singapore: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. English has been the predominant language of instruction in schools for most Singaporeans since the 1970s, so English-speaking visitors will do just fine in most circumstances.

Is Singlish broken English?

While this might sound like broken English, it is an example of Singlish, the highly complicated English creole spoken in Singapore. Its staccato, off-grammar patois is the subject of much bemusement for visitors to the country, and it’s almost impossible for outsiders to imitate.

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What is the language Policy of Singapore?

Students in Singapore are required to master two official languages, that is, English and one of the ethnic mother tongues. In school, English is learned as a “First Language”, while the ethnic mother tongue is learned as a “Second Language”.

Is mother tongue compulsory in Singapore?

Mother Tongue Language (MTL) is offered in Singapore schools as a second language. It is a compulsory subject.

What English does Singapore use?

Although Standard Singapore English (SSE) is mainly influenced by British English and, recently, American English, there are other languages that also contribute to its use on a regular basis. The majority of Singaporeans speak more than one language, with many speaking three to four.