One evening, Mr H complimented on my dish with this statement, “Your soup is power!”
Z listened with interest and asked, “Is this an idiom?”
“No, it’s Singlish.”
After a pause, I looked up and told him, “Please do not use this phrase in your composition. It is not proper English. This is Singlish.”
Then he asked, “Is wah piang also Singlish?”
“I think it is Hokkien. I am not sure.”
At the back of my mind, I was laughing over his innocent question. Since he learned about idioms, he had been most curious.
During a disagreement with Mr H earlier, I had used “washed my hands off” this matter. Z interrupted and asked if that was an idiom too. I liked how he was gaining interest in the language.
Perhaps it was time to start him on the Mandarin equivalent- 成语.