Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Need to Re-learn English

I wish Malaysians endeavor to re-learn English.
Just because we understand what you’re saying – doesn’t make the English you’re speaking correct! Why won't we make the effort to speak good English?
If you speak Manglish or "broken" English in the workplace, I really would be distressed.
Take for example, a wife who asked her hubby for an 18-carat necklace.
He heard the request alright (18-'carrot' necklace) and took it literally:

In fact, in 2013, the Malaysian government announced plans to make it compulsory for all students to pass English as a subject in a major high school examination by 2016.

Two years later. these plans were shelved after the country's Education Ministry tested out what would happen if they did. They learned that about 25 percent of the students would fail SPM because of the English requirement.

We are already nearly two months into 2017 and still, nothing has happened.  

Many Malaysians have some sort of grasp of the language but communicating confidently continues to be a big problem.

PM Najib Razak had said: "...Like it or not, English is a prerequisite in this world. So we cannot be emotional anymore; we cannot feel that we don't need to learn English".

Sadly, many Malaysians don't care. If they do, they would have done something about it and start working on their English.
On Thursday, I was in Menara OCBC in KL’s Jalan Tun Perak. I was attending the OCBC Toastmasters meeting where I took up two roles, i.e. Speech evaluator and General Evaluator.

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