Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Guo Hongyi(28) - Officials use Singlish, dialects to reach out

Source: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/officials-use-singlish-dialects-reach-out

The issue being discussed is that the government has started using a more informal "language"on social media to communicate with members of the public. They want to go with the flow and use a more appropriate language for the public to understand. For example, chinese dialects were used to explain the Pioneer Generation Package to older citizens and a video was created to raise awareness among younger family members on caring for the elderly. The writer quoted that "Social media, with its wide reach and purported cloak of anonymity, presents a new set of challenges". I agree with this quote as social media is very common nowadays and people may use this platform to share their thoughts about what is happening. But, people may try to outshout others, leading to others not listening.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with what the writer have said. The government should be a role model to fellow Singapore citizens, using standard English to speak. The social media is accessible to anyone, and other country may think that the Singapore government can not lead properly. Even though many Singapore citizens are using many types of informal languages like how chinese dialects were used to explain the Pioneer Generation Package to older citizens and a video was created to raise awareness among younger family members on caring for the elderly, the government should use standard and proper english to interact as it is our home language and as a government official, using standard english would be more appropriate as a role model to the whole country. Once, I went to a community club and chanced upon a government official's talking in singlish, making me wonder if the government as role models are right to use singlish infront of the public, as it may influence others to do the same.Thus, I think that the government should act as a role model to speak proper english

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