Language in Singapore

Language in Singapore

Singapore has four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. English is the common language, and is the language of business, government, and the medium of instruction in schools.Public bodies in Singapore, i.e. the Singapore Public Service (which includes the Singapore Civil Service and other agencies), conduct their businesses in English, and official documents written in a non-English official language such as Malay, Chinese or Tamil typically have to be translated into English to be accepted for submission. The Constitution of Singapore and all laws are written in English,and translators are required if one wishes to address the Singaporean Courts in a language other than English.However, English is the native tongue for only one-third of all Singaporeans, with roughly a third of all Singaporean Chinese, a quarter of all Singaporean Malays and half of all Singaporean Indians speaking it as their native tongue. Twenty percent of Singaporeans cannot read or write in English.