How to play Word-leh as tricky Singlish Wordle goes viral, Know What Happened

Forget Wordle, there’s a new version of the free online word game going viral in Southeast Asia.

Wordle has gone viral amongst English speakers across the world who are all competing to guess a daily five-letter word in six or fewer attempts.

The American game was launched by a software engineer in New York and recently bought by the New York Times, but it now has many rivals.

One of them is Word-leh, the Singlish sister of Wordle that was just launched in Singapore.

What is Singlish? And how do you play Word-leh? Here’s everything you need to know…

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Word-leh goes viral

This week, everyone on the internet is talking about Word-leh. Well, everyone in Singapore at least.

The word game has been dubbed the Singaporian version of Wordle, and its rules are almost exactly the same.

It was created by a woman called She-Mayn Teh who wrote on Twitter: “I made this using an open source clone of the original Wordle game, modified for Singlish.”

The only difference is that the game uses Singlish words, not English.

What is Singlish?

Singlish is a variety of the English language that is commonly spoken in Singapore. Many see it as an ‘ungrammatical’ or ‘broken’ version of English, but this isn’t actually true.

The language is actually a recognised variety of English that evolved after Singapore gained independence in 1965.

At the time, people of many different ethnicities lived in the country, so the government decided that the common language should be English, which began being used in schools, work and all walks of life.

This resulted in people speaking a hybrid language of English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin Chinese called Singlish which often seems fascinating to others.

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How to play Word-leh

Word Leh follows exactly the same rules as Wordle.

The aim of the game is to guess a five-letter word in six or fewer attempts by guessing other words.

Each tile will change colour depending on whether that letter is in the word or not.

Green means the letter is in the word in that exact position, whereas yellow means the letter is in a different place. Grey tells you the letter is not in the word at all.

You can guess English words, but the answer will always be a Singlish word.

For example, today’s answer is ‘cheer’ which is a word used to describe something that is really hard to understand.

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