Kids knowing their dialects. What is your take?

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Re: Kids knowing their dialects. What is your take?

Post by janet88 » Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:03 pm

English tutor frowns on kids learning dialects.
I am definitely not for broken English and singlish...but knowing mother tongue like Cantonese should be no harm.

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Re: Kids knowing their dialects. What is your take?

Post by floppy » Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:36 pm

janet88 wrote:English tutor frowns on kids learning dialects.
I am definitely not for broken English and singlish...but knowing mother tongue like Cantonese should be no harm.
If the Geordies can be proud of their Geordie, the Scousers of their Scouse and the Mancunian of their Mancunian, Singaporeans should be proud of Singlish. It is what make us unique.

The challenge is to know when to start writing/speaking in the British English and when not to.

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Re: Kids knowing their dialects. What is your take?

Post by starlight1968sg » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:47 pm

Dd speaks dialect.

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Re: Kids knowing their dialects. What is your take?

Post by janet88 » Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:21 pm

I think I will still speak dialect AND standard English to the kids...no singlish (try lah) and broken English.

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Re: Kids knowing their dialects. What is your take?

Post by mleeyy » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:01 am

My kids can understand cantonese and can speak a few words. Hope they continue to pick up more. It's our heritage.


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Re: Kids knowing their dialects. What is your take?

Post by janet88 » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:07 am

mleeyy wrote:My kids can understand cantonese and can speak a few words. Hope they continue to pick up more. It's our heritage.
I believe our brains can switch between languages...very sad for kids not understanding mother tongue.

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Re: Kids knowing their dialects. What is your take?

Post by slmkhoo » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:46 am

janet88 wrote:...very sad for kids not understanding mother tongue.
But for most of these kids, it isn't their "mother tongue"! It may be the language of their ethnicity, but not their first language.

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Re: Kids knowing their dialects. What is your take?

Post by janet88 » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:01 am

We only speak English to the kids...but with hubby and parents, it can be either English or Cantonese. Son understands a little Cantonese but can't speak the dialect. Trying very hard to get them to speak proper English (ie no singlish).

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Re: Kids knowing their dialects. What is your take?

Post by starlight1968sg » Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:26 pm

For the Hakkas:
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/a ... -singapore

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Re: Kids knowing their dialects. What is your take?

Post by RoastChickenDance » Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:39 pm

Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese classes
https://learndialect.sg

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