Herman From Singapore, joined Jul 2000, 231 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3260 times:
I just got back from my trip on a SQ flight ? But just wondering, Are all of SQ cabin crews Singaporean ? And are they from the US or UK ?
The reason is they to talk to their passengers with a slang but among themselves they speak Singlish, you know witha lah at the end of their sentences ? I'm talking about American or British slang ? I find that pretty amusing, as they are trying their very best to sound like an American or a Brit !! Pretty hilarious !
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2938 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3068 times:
Question is 'what would be the appropriate 'English' to use on board?'
By that I mean SIA is Singaporean - therefore the crew should be entitled to speak Singlish if they so wish. You don't often here BA crew speaking American english nor Air France crew speaking Queen's English....
...however - I suppose at times the Singlish can be a little too informal...
My last SIN-KUL flight 2 weeks ago was on-board a packed 777 and on landing a crew-member announced...
"Gentlemen, for night-landing we off the lights ok."
Surely, SIA could be a little more professional about the matter...perhaps include the ladies on the flight and be a little more precise than we 'off the lights'. Did make me snigger but horrible, horrible thoughts of SQ16 went through my mind...not that I wanted to drag anything up...but it DID flit through my mind.
Herman From Singapore, joined Jul 2000, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3003 times:
Guys & Gals
SQ F/A uses American/British slang when they speak to a Caucasion. You know trying to impressed the passengers that they can speak GOOD English. Unfortunately to the extent they didn't realise their poor grammatical error(s).
Sir, would you like coffee or tea ? (In an American/Brit slang)
Example B: (Window shades close)
Sir, could you pull open your window ! (In an American/Brit slang)
SIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (14 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2979 times:
SQ also has a lot of Indonesian "Singapore" Girls. I often heard the Malay crews spoke Malay and many of them also understand Bahasa Indonesia. I once heard a chinese leading stewardess saying "duduk, duduk" -Malay/Indonesian for sit down, sit down-to the other crews so they can get ready for take off.