SIN­GA­PORE

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About 80 per cent speak English (about 40 per cent as a first lan­guage). English, Malay, Man­darin and Tamil are the of­fi­cial lan­guages.

Pop­u­lar Singlish is a Cre­ole of English, Malay, Hokkien, Tamil, Can­tonese and other tongues.

The Bri­tish colo­nial his­tory of Sin­ga­pore ex­tended from 1819 to 1963.

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