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Singlish101: Pick Up Lines (EP4)

"You look familiar... have we met before?" I believe is a well, familiar, overused, ineffective and yet evergreen pick up line and question regardless where we are on earth.  In the past (before the 1960s), matchmaking was a common practice in Singapore. My grandparents were match made and only met each other once

Singlish: Suay (unlucky) and Malu (embarrass) (Episode 2)

@ random streets of Singapore So, Robert and Cynthia meet by coincidence in while Cynthia was in dire straits - so much for being ridiculous and stomping off from their previous meeting at a blind date (click here to watch). Moral of the story - don't burn bridges. Singlish word: Malu (Malay) Meaning:

Singlish: A Siao (Crazy) Blind Date

Siao: Crazy (Hokkien dialect) Aka: You got to be kidding me. / You must be crazy! / This is ridiculous. On a side note on dating in Singapore: A long time ago, matchmaking was very common (we're taking about 70 years back) and people married each other when they've only met once or

Singlish Words That Are More Like Sounds

Singlish sounds

Although more Singlish words have made their way into the English dictionary (read BBC article here), there are still many that haven't. Here are more common words (or sounds) which you might overhear while out and about in Singapore. 1. Gai gai This is used on kids tell them (or lure them)

How tok kong (powerful) is your Singlish?

@ a random Macdonalds outlet in Taiwan. We had awesome fun with the app Guess the Word SG! It brings together everything Singapore, from food to local brands, to highway road names, in a game. It was funny to see us trying to describe the singlish words, well, using Singlish. Lol!

Celebrating Johnson’s Jubilee Year!

Yes we know it's unbelievable, but it's Johnson's year of jubilee! (Using the word jubilee to avoid using the large numeric :p) We've pulled out the best of Johnson's acting and real life chops to celebrate! Cheers to 50 more years of laughter! Other Johnson videos: Singlish word: Wah piang Singlish word: Jialat

The Most Used Adjective in Singapore: Nice

The most used word in Singapore to describe food, weather, people, places and any thing else positively is…… drumroll, the word “nice”. Yup, we know how incredibly all-encompassing and versatile this word is. Singaporeans use 'nice' in almost every context. He’s a nice guy. The movie was quite nice. These people are really nice. Nice

Singlish word: Blur

'Blur' is not only used to describe objects that are faded or unclear, it can also be used to describe people, when they appear lost or don't seem to know what's happening. :D Blur (in singlish): To describe someone who is confused or lost. 1. It's Sunday morning but Johnson thinks it was a

Singlish word: Heng (expressing relief)

Heng: Hokkien dialect. To express relief. Aka: That was close! / Phew! / Thank God! / Luckily that didn’t happen. / Fortunately that happened! 1. It's dinner time and the hawker centre is really crowded. It’s a challenge to get a table for 15 people but Johnson’s friends manage to get one! 2.

A Super Singlish Conversation

Singlish word: Chin chye (Cantonese dialect) To be okay with anything / anything is fine. In the video, Cynthia was okay with Johnson getting any kind of food for her. So to Johnson's question, 'What would you like?', Cynthia's response was 'Chin chye,' aka 'Anything.' Examples: Wife: Should I get the yellow or orange

Feeling Sian (singlish word) while Prawn Fishing?

Singlish word: Sian. From the Hokkien dialect. Used to express boredom or when feeling tired of a situation. Aka: I'm so tired of that. / Not again. Examples: Not again?! Sian...... (Narrowly missing the bus after running for it) Sian! It's the holidays and I'm stuck here with this project. Sian. Instant noodles again for the fifth

Singlish word – Wah piang

Singlish word: Wah piang (expletive in Hokkien) Used in frustration/disbelief. Aka: Oh my goodness! (polite) / What the XXXX?! / Unbelievable! Examples: Wah piang, there's a traffic jam at this hour?! Wah piang, he's late again?! Wah piang, how can he get a date dressed like this? Wah piang, seriously, she doesn't know what she's doing.  

Kiasu Singaporeans in Hokkaido

Singlish word: Kiasu (Hokkien dialect) - 怕输 To be afraid to lose out / to be on the losing end - usually used to describe someone after he has taken an action that shows he is afraid of losing out. In the video, Johnson was kiasu because he didn't wait for Elyn