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Description[edit | edit source]

The national language of Singapore is Malay. Other commonly used languages are: English, Chinese and Tamil. [1]

Word List(s)[edit | edit source]

Alphabet and Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Malay

letter(s) English Sound Pronunciation Example
a [a] as in father
b [b] as in bay
c [ʨ] ch as in chay
d [d] as in day
e [ɛ] as in elephant
f [f] as in fine
g [ɡ] as in gold
h [h] as in house
i [i] ee as in meat
j [ʥ] as in job
k [k] as in kitchen
l [l] as in life
m [m] as in man
n [n] as in nice
o [o] as in olive
p [p] as in pool
q [k] as in kiss
r [r] as in rice
s [s] as in smile
t [t] as in time
u [u] oo as in mood
v [f] f as in free
w [w] as in wind
x [ks] as om wax
y [j] as in year
z [z] as in Zulu
ng eng as in hanging
ny nye as in mañana
kh kha as in the German bach
sy sya as in shield
nng nng as in bingo

Tamil

letter(s) English Sound Pronunciation Example
க் k as in kit
ங் n as in noon
ச் c as in cow
ஞ் ñ as in canyon
ட் as in toy
ண் n as in news
த் t as in time
ந் n as in night
ப் p as in pool
ம் m as in man
ய் y as in you
ர் r as in rabbit
ல் l as in lion
வ் v as in very
ழ் as in red
ள் l as in look
ற் r as in room
ன் n as in night
ஶ் ś as in show
ஜ் j as in joke
ஷ் ș as in smile
ஸ் s as in small
ஹ் h as in high
க்ஷ் as in racks
a as in apple
ā as in father
i as in tip
ī as in deep
u as in ultimate
ǔ as in moon
e as in elephant
ē as in weed
ai as in Thai
ai as in Thai
o as in opera
ō as in moon
au as in bowl
க (க் + அ) ka as in cat
கா (க் + ஆ) as in cow
கி (க் + இ) ki as in kit
கீ (க் + ஈ) as in kiwi
கு (க் + உ) ku as in Kung-fu
கூ (க் + ஊ) as in cooler
கெ (க் + எ) ke as in kept
கே (க் + ஏ) as in keep
கை (க் + ஐ) kai as in Cairo
கொ (க் + ஒ) ko as in Congo
கோ (க் + ஓ) as in cooler
கௌ (க் + ஔ) kau as in coward

Language Aids and Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

Malay

Chinese

Tamil

Additional Resources[edit | edit source]

Malay

Chinese

Tamil

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia Contributors,"Languages of Singapore," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Singapore , accessed 10 December 2019.