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Singlish: Why We Talk Like That?

47:25 Min

How did a language commonly heard and spoken become the target of a decades-long eradication campaign?

Singlish: Why We Talk Like That?

Singlish: Why We Talk Like That? - S1E1: Part 1 Of 2

08 Aug 2022 09:00pm

How did a language commonly heard and spoken become the target of a decades-long eradication campaign?

Singlish: Why We Talk Like That?

About the show:

We don't hear it on TV. We don't read it in the news. Some call it a national treasure while others say it's a detriment. Yet most Singaporeans speak Singlish, whether we like it or not.

Since nationhood, attempts have been made to eradicate this language that stood in way of our first-world aspirations. But Singlish didn't just survive, it thrived.

In this two-parter, award-winning singer-songwriter Shabir goes on a journey to document the origins of our beloved language. He uncovers how a language once under relentless assault, rose from pariah to cultural phenomenon.

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