inlingua School of Languages
 

Cultural Awareness


Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world but it is packed with interesting places, people, food and fun. Because of its high standard of living, quality of life, educational standards and cultural vitality, it has become a popular and appreciated destination for travellers to Asia. It is an ideal location to learn English, Chinese and Malay, and a good starting point in South East Asia for people from other continents to learn about Asian life and culture.

When in Singapore you should be aware of certain aspects of cultural values, beliefs and perceptions that are central to Singaporeans. What is considered appropriate behaviour in one culture can be inappropriate in another. Make sure you interpret and evaluate things from the local point of view when interacting with locals.


The Family


The concepts of group, harmony, and mutual security are more important than that of the individual. The family is the centre of the social structure and emphasizes unity, loyalty and respect for the elderly. The term, 'family' generally includes extended family and close friends who are treated as family members.



Hierarchy


Having face indicates personal dignity. Singaporeans are very sensitive to retaining face in all aspects of their lives. It is a mark of personal qualities such as a good name, good character, and being held in esteem by one's peers.



Face & Respect


Having face indicates personal dignity. Singaporeans are very sensitive to retaining face in all aspects of their lives. It is a mark of personal qualities such as a good name, good character, and being held in esteem by one's peers.



Ethnic Diversity


Singapore is a multi-ethnic society where Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions coexist beneath the veneer of a western cosmopolitan metropolis. The three main ethnic groups are religiously and culturally diverse.