English Rising: New Census Shows More Singaporeans Speak it at Home

English Rising: New Census Shows More Singaporeans Speak it at Home

A new study by the Singapore government found that more people than ever are using English as their main language at home. This trend is true across all major ethnic groups and age ranges, though it's most pronounced among younger and more educated individuals.

Key Findings:

  • English usage: Nearly half (48.3%) of residents over 5 now speak English most often at home, up from 32.3% in 2010.
  • Ethnic groups: English use increased for all major groups, with Mandarin and Chinese dialects decreasing.
  • Age: Younger residents are more likely to use English than older ones.
  • Education: People with higher education are more likely to use English at home.
  • Chinese: English use rose from 32.6% in 2010 to 47.6% in 2020, surpassing Mandarin (40.2%).
  • Malay: English use rose from 17% to 39%, though Malay remains dominant (60.7%).
  • Indian: English use rose from 41.6% to 59.2%.
In 2020, almost half of all respondents said English was the language they used most frequently at home.

Overall, the study suggests that English is becoming increasingly important in Singaporean homes, reflecting the country's multicultural society and globalized economy.

The study also found that most English speakers at home still use another language as well, often a "vernacular" language like Mandarin or Malay.

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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