Primer on Manglish

Exploring some notable features of the pidgin that is Manglish.

IN days of old, any intercourse – be it in trade or colonisation – between foreigners and natives inevitably spawned a pidgin, not a bird but a hybrid language, “a simple form of a language, especially English, Portuguese or Dutch, with a limited number of words, that are used together with words from a local language” (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 2010).


Strengthen your command of the English language. Our various contributors write on different aspects of the language, with the occasional poem or word puzzle thrown in for fun.