Singapore has four official languages that are used; Malay, Tamil, Mandarin Chinese, and English. These four languages are used due to the multiculturalism of the country. When it comes to international business, English is the common language. Many schools in Singapore use the English curriculum. Thus, the English language is well known throughout businesses and people do not have much trouble communicating (Warburton, 2017).
Verbal Communication. Indirect communication, refusals, and voice are three forms of verbal communication that Singaporean people use. Indirect communication is what they depend on. People in Singapore pay more attention to expression, tone of voice, and posture than they do on words. Singaporean’s rarely give a direct ‘no’ or negative, even if they do not agree with you. It is important to pay attention to hints of hesitation. Listen carefully to what they say and make sure you understand them by asking for their opinion. They may not speak up to give ideas but do give an honest opinion when asked to do so. In regards to voice, it is rude and overbearing when speaking loudly in Singapore (Evason, 2015).
Nonverbal Communication. Non-Verbal communication that Singaporean’s use is pointing, body language, physical contact, eye contact, silence, and disrespectfulness of touching someone’s head. It is rude to point at people with the index finger. Singaporeans point by using their whole hand of nod their hand in the appropriate direction. In Singapore, nodding of the head is common. Though, body language is usually modest in regards to gestures being uncommon. When it comes to physical contact, Singaporeans reserve touching, such as holding hands, hugging, or back-slapping for dear companions. That being said, Singporeans are acclimated with coming into close contact with outsiders because of how swarmed the nation is. Open presentations of friendship are not generally valued. Eye contact indicates certainty and mindfulness in many situtations. Certain Singaporeans, especially Muslim Malays and a few Hindus may deflect their eyes all the more regularly, especially while cooperating with those better than them. Holding eye to eye connection for a really long time can be deciphered as inconsiderate or testing. Silence is a critical and an intentional instrument utilized as a part of Asian correspondence. Pausing before giving a reaction demonstrates that somebody has connected suitable ideas and thoughts to the inquiry. It reflects respectfulness and regard. It is viewed as disrespectful and offensive to touch someone’s head (Evason, 2015).
There are 10 religions that Singapore has; Buddhism/Taoism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity are its principal religions. Judaism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Baha’I, Jainism, and the non-religious frame the minority bunch. There are certain etiquettes that are to be observed at places of worship in Singapore. Do not wear footwear in mosques or temples; upon entering Hindus must wash their feet and hands. A few mosques and Sikh sanctuaries give robes and scarves to female guests. Hindu sanctuaries want ladies to wear long clothing below the waist. Flowers and fruits are brought along by Buddhists and Hindus as offerings for God. Eating and drinking is also usually not allowed (Guruswamy, n.d.).
Buddhism. Around three-fifths of Singapore’s population contribute to Buddhism. The most prevalent form is Chinese Mahayana Buddhism. Supporters of Buddhism rehearse lessons of Morality, Concentration and Wisdom. Fengshui, which is the craftsmanship and exploration of summoning positive vitality, is part of this religion. The biggest Chinese Mahayana Buddhist sanctuary in Singapore is the Kong Meng San Phor Kar See Monastery. Buddhism in Singapore is directed by the Singapore Buddhist Federation. Different associations, for example, the Pu Tuo Monastery enable individuals to set up organizations, for example, vegan eateries, workmanship exhibitions, blessing shops, and authority Buddhist shops offering religious curios. Others like Tzu Chi and Kwan Im Welfare Society and The Metta Welfare work free portable facilities and different administrations everywhere throughout the island to serve the elderly.