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How many languages do you know, talking about those you could converse fluently in? I think the best I could speak is only Mandarin. I don't even know how to speak any other Chinese dialect, shame on me. No idea if you have the same habit like me, first reaction is to HUH? when others ask something or before anyone says anything (mostly at outside) will definitely shook the hand then say nonono. Do you?
Frankly speaking, I have the phobia to speak to people in English. If anyone starts to talk to me in English, I panic. Useless to the max. Due to that reason, I always make funny mistakes in answering the question or keep telling nonono before I understand their questions or words.
Give you a few scenarios.
We were dining at a restaurant and waitress was taking our orders. None of us ordered any beverage so the waitress asked, do you want some ice water? Immediately I said no (don't even know what did she say also =.=) then she was surprised and smiled. A few seconds after that, I asked my friend, eh what did she ask huh?
This scene took place on a air plane. The Japanese passenger next to me woke me up from sleep because she wanted to borrow a pen from me. Of course, I lend it to her lah. There's like 1 hr 30 mins left to arrive Changi Airport but people around me were filling the disembarkation/embarkation card. I waited for the air crew to announce (according to my experience they surely will give this reminder) later. Then I started to feel strange, eh how come people have the card but me and my bro don't have it? Don't care, pressed for the service light but air crew didn't attend to me. Boo~ 15 minutes later, the Taiwanese passengers have questions so the crew came.
Finally I asked, can you please give me the white card (I thought they could understand mah)? She looked puzzle then I repeated, still she can't get me. I said die lah, what's that called huh? I just simply said that immigration card then she ohhhhhhhhhhhh!! haiyo make me panic. To my surprise till the doors are opened, they never remind the passengers. From my past experiences, as long as any form needed at the immigration, they will surely announce.
The first time I heard the cashier asked, do you need a carrier? I was alone and stunned for a few seconds to figure out what did she ask. Shit, what did she ask? what is a carrier? DING!! ahhhh I call it a plastic bag, alamak!! Quite embarrassing at that moment but come to think of it, at least I learnt.
I kind of afraid to make phone call in English too. There's once the person on the other side said, never mind you could speak Mandarin T_____________T how to survive?! how to go for job interview? D-I-E!! Presentations at Uni also almost make me pee in my pants. hahaha
There's one mistake that I made last time which I can never never forgot this wrong. hahaha I told my friend wow very hot leh, my face full with saliva(sweat). LOL that's really disgusting...ewww Sweat and Saliva are so different in pronunciation, how could I make the mistake? oh-my-gosh~!!
Besides that, I seriously don't have the habit to read any English reading materials or listen to English songs. It's not like I never, I do but super seldom that barely to form a habit. However, I am improving this slowly by reading and overcoming this phobia by speaking more English to people. Yeah, speak to my lecturer or when I order my food. Reading blogs in English language do help a little too. Many bloggers do write very good English, could learn from them.
Everyone is like so crazy over Kpop and Korean drama, so do I. My friend was like showing off he knows how to read Korean therefore I said, hey teach me lah. He kinda got annoyed and said, aiya you go Google and learn it from there lah. Fine. In the end, I really went to Google them and learnt it myself. Now I could read but most of the time I don't know the meaning. hahahaha
I really think that Science and Mathematics in Malaysia should continue its syllabus in English instead of reversing back to Malay teaching. Me, who completed all my study in Malaysia know the benefits of English teaching. My batch was the last batch to learn everything in Malay so when we enter Pre-U studies, I had a little difficulties in translating those terms into English. If lecturer sees us puzzling then she will tell the Malay terms then everyone ooohhhh. But thank God, all lectures are in English, very much useful in terms of globalization.
Teachers' English standard is not good enough to teach the syllabus in English is definitely not the excuse. Training should be given to teachers. Students are not good in English should grab this opportunity to learn it better. Everything starts from young so we could get better, isn't it? Reversing everything back to Malay teaching is like asking the teachers not to improve and asking the students to stay where you are where other countries are moving forward. Forming a strong base since young makes your future easier.
In those days, I have to bring Chinese, English and (thick) Malay dictionaries to (primary) school. Anything don't know must check it ownself and write down the meaning beside the word. Teachers will randomly pick anyone to ask if you the meaning of the word. Still have to bring a thick Kamus Dewan during secondary school. That's really heavy! haha
Me and my friends always have the belief that, classmates whose English are strong could understand the lectures faster and better. Comes to revision for exams, they might spend lesser time than us. I have to repeat a sentence for a few times before fully understand it, sometimes don't even get the meaning. Same goes to answering question during an exam, they read the article faster and understand it faster than the others so no any precious time will be wasted. It is very common for me to see new words in the article and I have to guess the meaning. If that's the key word for answer and I guess it wrongly, that's it. You can see that new vocab hardly show itself in my blog. haha That's really sad.
Nurture an English culture in Malaysia is really important but it takes time. Mandarin is getting more and more important too, looking at the China market, bosses like employees who can speak and write Chinese. Of course, if you are already very powerful in these two languages, you are always encouraged to learn more languages like Japanese/Korean/Spanish/French or languages that you like for self-improvement. Add more value to yourself and your CV. haha
Language is a communication tool therefore know more languages make you connect to more people. At least I believe so. People feel more comfortable to communicate in language that they are better at. Please correct me (leave a comment) if anything is wrong. Thanks in advanced. hehe
Lastly, end this post with a Korean song. Enjoy it!!
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