A video featuring a traffic policeman from Xi’an, China has just taken Chinese netizens by storm.
In just four days, it has topped the “Popular” charts on both platforms with a combined total of more than 1.3 million plays, 51,000 likes and 3,000 comments as of today.
The video went viral due to the traffic policeman’s commendable use of English to charge a foreigner for driving a motorbike without a license.
According to Chinese news sources, the policeman once worked in Singapore before, which explains the influence of his accent.
In a distinctly Singaporean accent, the traffic policeman questioned the culprit: “You driving a car in your country, you need a driving license anot?”
One of the Chinese netizens had also noticed it:
Although the video doesn’t feature any of our well-loved “lah”, “leh”, “lor” words, his accent is distinctly similar to our Singaporean accent.
Somehow many of the Chinese netizens seem to embrace it:
“His English is quite good.”“Where did he learn it? I want to learn it too.”
“Although he has an accent, I feel comfortable listening to this type of English.”“This accent is seriously good, it’s cool.”
But of course, Singlish is also internationally-recognised. Many have thus identified his accent as Singlish:
“This Singlish is so accurate.”
“Hahaha this is accurate Singlish! Well done Mr Policeman.”
While speaking, he even used the term “IC” (identification card), which is a term Singaporeans are familiar with, but not so much outside of Singapore (the term “ID” would have been a more likely choice, if one had learned English in the UK or U.S.).
It is thus not surprising that the Chinese are confused with the term. Most thought he had made an error.
“What? IC card?”
“Awesome. But it should be ID card.”
Another distinct Singlish phrase that most Chinese netizens couldn’t make out was “that one also can”, which was used by the traffic policeman when he was asked by the foreigner if he could use another card instead of an identification card. This can be heard at the 1 min 07 sec mark.
You can watch the full video here:
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