So fellas, how did you find the Singlish #EngVocab on Wednesday? :)
As promised, today I will be continuing the Singlish #EngVocab session. So, here they are!
- Can. Meaning: usually used as its original meaning and placed at the end of a sentence.
- “I need you to get this, can?” or
- “I need you to get this, can or not?”
- Siao. Meaning: silly or crazy, or in Bahasa Indonesia similar to “gila” as slang
- Botak. Meaning: bald, in Bahasa Indonesia has the same meaning
- Kiasu. Meaning: always want to be the first to know (nosey). Sometimes people also say “super kiasu” which is “over-nosey.”
- Chop or Chope. Meaning: book(ing), to save a spot. Chop is also a phenomenon in Singapore where people put newspaper, umbrella or even a tissue paper to book their table in a food centre such as the hawker centre.
- “I chop” means “I book you”.
- Shiok. Meaning: delicious/satisfying. Iin Bahasa Indonesia it is known by “puas”.
- “Shiok to the max!”
- “Damn shiok!”
- (Verb) – ing. Meaning: ptting “-ing” in the end of a word.
- Kaypoh. Meaning: kepo in Bahasa Indonesia
- Kena or Kana. Meaning: just like in Indonesian, it means”got hit,” but in #Singlish an example would be
- “Kena fire” meaning “dipecat.”
- Faster. Meaning: used in the front of a sentence like “faster drive!” or “faster sleep!” like in Indonesian “Cepat tidur!” Meanwhile, in English it should be “you should sleep soon”
- Later. Meaning: as it is a direct translation of what the person wants to do next. It is a time based word moved to the front as direct translation from Chinese grammar.
- “Later we go!” instead of “We go later!”
- “Faster makan later we go shopping!”
- Sabo. Meaning: short form of sabotage. There is also a “Sabo King” which means the king of saboteur
- “You sabo me lah, how come you never come today?”
Here is an additional input from a Fella:
‘Bocap. Meaning: I don’t care. “Bo” is pronounced as in “bobo” and “cap” as in “kecap”‘ -(re to @_imeh)
So that’s it for today’s #Singlish #EngVocab :) I hope you find it interesting and useful. Thank you for your participation fellas and see you tomorrow! Don’t forget to visit http://englishtips4u.com and like http://facebook.com/englishtips4u !
Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on August 30, 2014
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