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CultureShock! Singapore by Kelly Jackson-Nash

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CHAPTER 8

LANGUAGES

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‘If you are bilingual, you have binocular vision… you see the world in 3-D.’

— Lee Kuan Yew, 1977 speech to parliament

 

Singapore is a multi-lingual nation, with four official languages: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. These languages reflect the history and multi-cultural heritage of Singapore. English is the main language of Singapore and is the language of government and the business community. Malay is the native language of the region. Mandarin is the official language of the majority ethnic group. Tamil is the language spoken by the majority of Singaporean Indians. Whilst there might be four official languages, ...

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