Wee Kek Koon

Schoolboys watch a preview of the movie Talking Cock at a Singapore cinema lobby. The movie makes liberal use of "Singlish", a slang made up of Hokkien syntax and words as well as words taken from Malay and Tamil. Picture: AP

‘Funny’ Southeast Asian Cantonese

The Cantonese spoken by Malaysians and Singaporeans contain many ‘funny’ loanwords such as baai and somaa but the Cantonese spoken by Hongkongers is not free of foreign words either. The word…