If cannot, turn “Press Coin Return”.
The cashier meant well when she made some suggestions to treat my son’s
stomach flu. “Just give him rice porridge (congee) with soy sauce. We always give that to our children when they have the stomach flu.” Well, I understand giving
rice, but soy sauce if you’re already feeling sick?
What products come to mind when you think of the
Netherlands and exports? According to an HSBC advertisement in The Straits
Times , Singapore’s English-language newspaper, we think primarily of
wooden shoes, cheese and daffodils. Wrong! It’s soy sauce. Hmm, could that be true?
“The next time you see a sign written in poor English, don’t just walk by. Instead, paste a sticky note over it, correcting the grammatical error.”
“Got problem call me can” becomes “Please let me know if you need help.”
The people behind The Speak Good English Movement are hoping that these guerrilla tactics will make Singaporeans more conscious of their use of English and that they will help others correct their errors. The movement exists for 11 years and this year’s slogan is: Get it Right. Its aim is that people always speak English, whether they’re in talks with a colleague, a relative, a hawker or a taxi driver.