Saw this quadri-lingual sign and could not resist photographing it. English, Chinese, Tamil and Malay.
English is our language of business and Malay our national language.
Most Singaporeans are bilingual due to our education system which requires us to take up a second language. But very few of us are truly bilingual and equally strong in both languages.
Usually the one we speak at home will be the one that we are most comfortable with and I would term that our native language. So I would think that there are native speakers of English in Singapore, contrary to common belief.
But the one language that we all truly have in common is Singlish.
On a side note the Tamil word on the danger sign literally means – danger, don’t come near rather than danger, keep out. I find it intriguiging how meaning is often not completely but just slightly lost in translation.