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SQ Cabin Crews & Slang?  
User currently offlineHerman From Singapore, joined Jul 2000, 231 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

Hi,

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 !

Once again, not insulting just wondering ??

Thanx

Cheers,
Herman

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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

The only time I heard SIA crew talking together was over Y class pax when they spoke Chinese or sth.

SIA has Malaysian, Indian, Taiwanese and of course, Singapore Girls



Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineSia772er From Singapore, joined Aug 2000, 62 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

they use singlish in informal occasion.. so i guess when they are working, i.e. talking with passengers, they treat it as formal occasion...

User currently offlineSingapore 777 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1014 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

When they're chatting with locals, they use the Singlish to make us feel more at home rather than being too overly-formal. We Unaccompanied Minor don't like it too formal.

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2583 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.



User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

Hmmm, so that's why Singapore's leader was blaming the Singaporean Citizen's for using Singlish instead of English.

May be that's why they unveiled "KrisWorld", so they can turn their passenger's attention to PTVs instead of the crew's Singlish conversation.

SIA's crew also includes the American, British, Australian as well.


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

Mas777: HOw unprofessional! They better smarten up! Don't Singaporeans learn English anyway?


Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineSingapore 777 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1014 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Oh gosh....I can't help but laugh at their silly mistake!!!

They were using an Australian slang when on our Perth flights.


User currently offlineAa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

What is singlish?

User currently offlineSingapore 777 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1014 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2534 times:

Singlish is, for example:

Please LAH.....I don't want to take another airline LEH...now we OFF (not turn off) the cabin lights ok?....anymore?


User currently offlineHerman From Singapore, joined Jul 2000, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2518 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).

Example A:
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)



Hahaha...

Cheers All  Laugh out loud  Big grin


User currently offlineSIA fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2494 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.


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