August 26, 2011

Singapore first

In Chinese, the sound of words is important.

紅梅姊妹 - Hong Mei sisters. Actually Mei should come first because she is the older one, but Mei-Hong doesn't sound nice.

When people mention Singapore with other countries, Singapore always comes first because it sounds better. For example ...

Xin-Zhong (Singapore, China)

Xin-Mei (Singapore, America)
Xin-Yin (Singapore, Indonesia/India)

Xin-Ma-Tai (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand)

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