Posted by: rbbadger | January 8, 2009

Quadrilingualism in Singapore

Singapore has not just one but four official languages.  Children are required by law to learn one of them in school.  English enables Singaporeans of different ethnicities to talk to each other.  As for music, each one of the dominant cultures has its own whether it be Chinese opera, Malay music, or Indian music. 

A good example of quadrilingualism is found in the subway.  Here we have the station name in English and Chinese followed by English and Tamil.  Malay uses the Roman alphabet.

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And this quadringualism is manifested in warning signs as well.

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