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Talk like Local
Singapore is a melting pot of culture, race, language and religion. We picked out some of the most useful phrases so you can do things like ordering coffee like a pro. All in the name of fun, grab a local to impart our colourful Singlish to you!
Ordering coffee at local coffee shops
Kopi – Coffee with condensed milk
Kopi Siu Dai – Coffee with condensed milk, less sugar
Kopi Si – Coffee with evaporated milk, with sugar
Kopi Si Kosong – Coffee with evaporated milk, no sugar
Kopi O – Coffee with no milk, with sugar
Kopi O Kosong – Coffee with no milk, no sugar (Think: Long Black!)
**To order tea, substitute "Kopi" with "Teh".
Other useful phrases that’ll score you points from the locals
Shiok! – To convey feelings of satisfaction and pleasure
“This plate of chicken rice is damn shiok!”
Chope – To reserve a seat. This will especially come in useful in hawker centres.
“Can you chope a seat for me?”
Lah – A suffix used at the end of sentence for emphasis.
“It’s okay lah!”
Alamak! – The Singlish equivalent to “Oh my gosh”
“Alamak! They’ve run out of food.”
Can or not? – A way of asking if something is possible/can be achieved
“$1 for this merlion keychain, can or not?