Friday, May 27, 2005

Lovable colloquial differences

Before Jeff got here, the Rimpakone sisters had described Singapore to us as "Asia on training wheels." That's a pretty apt description, because life here is very Westernized and modern, which is pretty remarkable for a country that's just 40 years old.

Because the Brits governed Singapore as a colony for so long, spoken English is influenced heavily by the Brits. For example, I take a "lift" up to my "flat,"and you "alight" from the train. When I first got here, I tried to order carry-out, and couldn't get my meaning across, because I should have asked for "take-away." By the way, I love how the take-away drinks either come with their own handles or in a plastic bag.