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    Malaysian English

    Who says our English is teruk? Just see below...
    Ours is simple, short, concise, straight-to-point, effective, etc...

    WHEN GIVING A CUSTOMER BAD NEWS
    Britons: I'm sorry, Sir, but we don't seem to have the sweater you want in your size, but if you give me a moment, I can call the other outlets for you.
    Malaysians: No Stock.

    RETURNING A CALL
    Britons: Hello, this is John Smith. Did anyone page for me a few moments ago?
    Malaysians: Hello, who page?

    ASKING SOMEONE TO MAKE WAY
    Britons: Excuse me, I'd like to get through. Would you please make way?
    Malaysians: S-kew me

    WHEN SOMEONE OFFERS TO PAY
    Britons: Hey, put your wallet away, this drink is on me.
    Malaysians: No-need, lah.

    WHEN ASKING FOR PERMISSION
    Britons: Excuse me, but do you think it would be possible for me to enter through this door?
    Malaysians: (pointing the door) can ah?

    WHEN ENTERTAINING
    Britons: Please make yourself at home.
    Malaysians: Don't be shy, lah!

    WHEN DOUBTING SOMEONE
    Britons: I don't recall you giving me the money.
    Malaysians: Where got?

    WHEN DECLINING AN OFFER
    Britons: I'd prefer not to do that, if you don't mind.
    Malaysians: Don't want la...

    IN DISAGREEMENT, OVER A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
    Britons: Tom, I have to stop you there. I understand where you're coming from, but I really have to disagree with what you've said about the issue.
    Malaysians: You mad, ah?

    WHEN ASKING SOMEONE TO LOWER THEIR VOICE
    Britons: Excuse me, but could you please lower your voice, I'm trying to concentrate.
    Malaysians: Shut up lah!

    WHEN ASKING SOMEONE IF HE/SHE KNOWS YOU
    Britons: Excuse me, but I noticed you've been staring at me for some time. Do I know you?
    Malaysians: See what, see what?

    WHEN ASSESSING A TIGHT SITUATION
    Britons: We seem to be in a bit of a predicament at the moment.
    Malaysians: Die-lah!

    WHEN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED
    Britons: Will someone tell me what had just happened?
    Malaysians: Wat happen? Why like that?

    WHEN SOMEONE DID SOMETHING WRONG
    Britons: This isn't the way to do it, here let me show you,
    Malaysians: like that also don't know how to do!

    WHEN ONE IS ANGRY
    Britons: Would you mind not disturbing me!
    Malaysians:Celaka u

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    Anything else to add to the above list ?

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    Manglish is the way to go.

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    Silver Bird, where got we speak like that one? No lah, our English ok-what! All also understand so I dunno why you say our English no good. Hey, we all go English school one you know? So don't simply say say we cannot speak good English ah!

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    Sentinel aka Ah Beng,
    You got the point, ha-ha-ha .....

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    The yet to be released Zahid Report 2005 recommended that local universities adopt English as the main medium of instructions. The key points of the report are already on the Net. This comes amidst increasing pressure on Bahasa Malaysia to prove itself as a capable language in 21st Century Malaysia.
    Shali
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    Quote Originally Posted by shali
    (edited) The yet to be released Zahid Report 2005 recommended that local universities adopt English as the main medium of instructions. The key points of the report are already on the Net.
    Can you please give me the link?

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    Ha ha good one!

    But, really, many Malaysians speak better English than many Britons!

    Only some Fleet Street & Mayfair yuppies, some royals, nobles and corporate leaders speak decent English these days.....even the politicians are sometimes more difficult to understand than Wayne Rooney......

    ....hmmm and as I've repeated many times, I think English should be raised to a national language along with Malay....
    See you...

    Isa Rahim

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    "Laporan Jawatankuasa mengkaji, menyemak dan membuat perakuan tentang perkembangan dan hala tuju pendidikan tinggi Malaysia (297 pages)"


    Extract:
    Laporan JK mengkaji, menyemak dan membuat perakuan tentang perkembangan dan hala tuju pendidikan tinggi Malaysia (297 pages)

    "Jawatankuasa memperakukan supaya BM..digunakan dalam semua urusan rasmi dan Bahasa inggersi HENDAKLAH digunakan sebagai bahasa pengantar di IPT bagi SEMUA matapelajaran sains, matematik dan PROFESIONAL, manakala bahasa lain hendaklah diajar dalam bahasa yg paling berkesan untuk matapelajaran tersebut"

    Note: link is www.mohe.gov.my (ministry itself)
    Shali
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    I think Singlish is more comical to hear than Manglish..just take a ride on the Mrt and hear them speak Singlish...you can hardly understand thier lingo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericchan
    I think Singlish is more comical to hear than Manglish..just take a ride on the Mrt and hear them speak Singlish...you can hardly understand thier lingo.
    Yes meh? Wah lau eh, simpli say our Singlish cannot use one, aiyoh like dat where can? Ah hia, wan to say thing oso say propli lah... don't simpli tembak only. Oke lah, we now going down to see getai, got free food oso. wan to come? The meepok veli good one lay... you don't come you sure miss one lah...

    (and I am in Singapore only coming to 8 months........ )

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