Kristang is a endangered language spoken by less than 1,000 people in Melaka and Singapore. It is one of the heritage languages of the Portuguese-Eurasian community, and an intangible and priceless aspect of the community’s culture, tradition and history — a treasure unique to our region.
In Singapore, less than 100 people are thought to still speak the language. There are no official statistics on Kristang speakers. No children are known to be learning Kristang, and it is not taught in schools, seen on the media, or spoken in the streets. It is not used in religious services, and has no festivals. Most Singaporeans are barely aware Kristang even exists.
Kodrah Kristang is changing that reality.