7 stereotypes Singaporeans are sick of hearing

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I'm sure we've all heard at least one of these stereotypical comments before

Don’t we just hate stereotypes? We’re a kiasu bunch, we’re too dependent on the decisions of others, we only choose to go by the book. Oh please, tell us something new!

Here are 7 of the worst and incorrect stereotypes Singaporeans receive on an *almost* daily basis.

#1 Singaporeans can’t speak good english


The misconception: Singapore only know how to speak Chinese.

Come on, are we still harping on that? English is actually our basic language of communication everywhere in Singapore. Some of us aren’t even good in our own Mother Tongue language *guilty face*! So yes, we actually do speak english but with a hint of singlish here and there – that’s what makes us special.

#2 Singaporeans can’t cook


The misconception: We are too reliant on takeaways, instant mix and food delivery that we can’t even prepare a decent meal from scratch.

For the last time, we are capable of cooking up an 8 course dinner if we want to. The main point of that sentence: if we want to. But in all seriousness, instant mix is the best creation ever, right?

#3 Singaporeans are high maintenance


The misconception: We only go for dates at restaurants, we choose to drive only luxury cars, we don’t shop at thrift shops.

Oh please, have you seen the queues we form whenever there’s a sale for…..literally anything? Our favourite word of the dictionary is “free”. I mean, we really get excited over discount coupons – for movies, food or even dish soap. Also, we’re totally down for a game-of-monopoly-at-my-house kind of date rather than a let’s-have-dinner-at-a-restaurant kind of date.

#4 Singaporeans are not proud of their own country


The misconception: We don’t have a sense of belonging towards our country.

Were you even around during the year long SG50 celebrations? We don’t show it but deep down, deep deep down, we’re really proud of how far Singapore has come. From being a third world country to a first world in half a century? Try beating that!

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