My Paper was launched on June 1, 2006. It was Singapore's first Chinese freesheet. My Paper was relaunched on January 8, 2008 as the first bilingual newspaper in Singapore, and probably in the region.
The bilingual newspaper is a cosmopolitan newspaper that offers the best of both worlds, with wide coverage on home and world news, business, sports, lifestyle and entertainment in two languages within a single newspaper.
I could read it on my way to school or back and most of the news are present in short snippets, making it easy to read. Also, there were also chinese articles available and some chinese words were translated to english! I'm really glad for this, I could actually kill two birds with one stone; improve my Chinese and English at the same time. It is indeed a junior college's student best friend.
Not forgetting it is our first bilingual newspaper, it provides an invaluable opportunity for its readers to hone both their Chinese and English competencies at the same time. The editors of the newspaper has even dedicated a thumb-sized space for every article which translates relevant key terms and vocabulary in the article from Chinese to English, or vice versa. This gives many who have not mastered bilingualism a chance to fortify their vocabulary muscle.
Sometimes I am able to find a kind soul to read it for me, and in the process making me look like a schmuck. At those times I regret not being able to read in Chinese.
But I do appreciate the glossary of Chinese translations of English words and phrases. At the very least, the newspaper has helped me expand my oral Mandarin vocabulary!
From what I remember, My Paper has many short paragraphs of short news. It's great for people to have a look and browse through while waiting to reach their destinations.
I do read these newspaper even more frequently when my O level Chinese paper was reaching. It does help me quite a bit despite the fact that they do not use really deep Chinese idioms. But it definitely helps one to be more familiar to the language. I would like to recommend this paper to those who are not very strong in Chinese but would like to be more familiarize with this language.
News there is very informative and to-the-point. Don't expect to find a detailed report on how many goals Manchester United scored last night, or whether Kim K had another wedding. My Paper focuses strongly on current news and global trends, something I feel is essential for most office workers, and of their interest.
A good read, though the layout is pretty drab.
I love the structure of the newspaper, where more serious news are placed in front while entertainment news are congregated in the middle; it makes it easy for me to flip to where i wish to start reading from. The news are also short and sweet - somewhat summarised as compared to other newspapers, which makes it readable for those who cannot afford to spend so much time on the papers.
One slight issue though, i sometimes find inaccuracy in the information presented, and unlike other newspapers like The Straits Times, there are totally no mentions about the mistakes the following day. It would be better if writers do a more thorough research before they decide to publish the news, and at least let the public know the next day if there are mistakes found, if not its credibility would be doubtful if the problem persists.
I tried reading it a couple of times. It's good to introduce to young kids so they can start being more bilingual at a young age but that besides, it's quite a pointless magazine. More ads than news, it is nothing worthy of a read. Thank you very much for the free read but it serves other purposes not education and I think it's clear.
So until there are more attractive news, I'd still probably use it as a make-shift umbrella and a sun-blocker.
On the brighter side, though, I find it good that there is a circulating daily which incorporates Mandarin and English together. I would like to see this being done with Tamil and Malay as well, as I feel this will boost the awareness of the respective languages, especially with the school-going readers.
It is one of the many reads I have most of the time (if I manage to grab one when I am at the station early) and something that I have never gotten bored of. The small size, relatively thin newspaper is a good choice to keep myself occupied (and be aware of world's happening!) on my train journeys. I love how it is bilingual and most importantly, the entertainment and gossip section is in chinese! I haven been reading anything chinese after my A level chinese paper and this is a good way to still keep in touch with my mother tongue.
"Wo men shi hua ren. Yi ding yao hui dui he jiang hua yu." Its means, chinese must be able to read and converse in mandarin. Something that my dad keeps on mentioning about. Indeed, everyone should always be knowledgeable about their mother tongue. But nowadays, english is the main medium everywhere, where are the rare chances that we got to practice our language? I guess, My paper is solution!
I do hope that other languages like malay and tamil can be added in, or other sources of newspaper can cater to our friends of malay and hindu community!
I am really glad that bilingual My paper is launched and given free for public. Kudos to the production team. Their efforts will not be wasted when Singaporeans can be more aware of the happenings and practice their mandarin while reading the entertainment section!