Category: Singapore

Singapore is an archive of posts on Singapore. My home, my country, warts and all.

I am a true-blue Singaporean, born and bred here. It seems superfluous to say this but there are many foreigners in Singapore because Singapore welcomes them. Many of them are also Chinese.

Some people do not believe me when I tell them that. They think I hail from China because I can speak Mandarin fairly well. It is true that many Singaporeans do not read, speak and understand Mandarin, but there are still those who do. We grew up listening to Chinese music, reading Chinese books and newspapers, and watching Chinese drama.

Born and bred Singaporeans may or may not speak Chinese properly, but most understand Chinese perfectly. Most important of all, all of us can speak perfect Singlish.

Do you know that…

Can + lah = Yes
Can + leh = Yes. Of course.
Can + lor = Yes. I think so.
Can + hah? = Are you sure?
Can + hor = Are you sure then?
Can + meh? = Are you certain?
Can + bo? = Can or not?
Can + can = Confirm
Can + gua = Should be okay
Can + liao = Already done
Can + wor = Yea
Can + liao lah! = Ok, enough!

That’s how you spot a true Singaporean. By our Singlish.