Tuesday, May 06, 2008

For the ears

Someone wrote into the forum page recently. He is proud to be born and bred here. For here, he has pick up many dialects and speaks more than two languages. More recently there has been talk to revitalise the myriad of chinese dialects. I grew up chatting cantonese with mum, and conversing english with dad as he speaks no cantonese. Mandarin bridge their language barrier. Weekly smattering of teowchew with grandma and daily blabber of hokkien and english with classmates. To the language teacher, it's Malay. Picked up mandarin here in singapore and spent 5 years learning japanese. Every chance I have I love to natter my dialects with the fishmonger, the butcher or even the dear old lady selling vegetables. It's dialects that gives the sense of belonging. Bahasa Melayu dengan the dear old nenek next door, a sense of bonding. To her delight the japanese lady behind the snack counter at Isetan supermarket spent the next 20 min telling me her seaweed snacks when she found that I understand japanese. A sense of pride.

3 comments:

stay-at-home mum said...
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stay-at-home mum said...

Really love your pics. Did you take them yourself?

Yes, dialect is like the fabric of the nation. I feel interwoven when I use dialects!

Iml said...

SAHM
Getting so much inspiration from great photos from other bloggers. Learning to see things in a different angle with my Canon IXUS
Dialect makes us chinese.