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Let’s Ditch Our Birthdays

Let’s Ditch Our Birthdays

My Asli kids in general, never know their birthdays. They’ve never even cared to find out. Odd and discordant isn’t it? All this began 6 years ago when I got my very own class of 22, 11-year old’s. Fun, capricious, innocent children they were with […]

News this week

News this week

If you’re a working adult who hasn’t got time to read the news but still would like to know what’s the haps (do people even say that anymore), I’ve very kindly summarised the headlines this week: Terengganu is the new Afghanistan. In Malaysia, you’ll get […]

Lost in translation

Lost in translation

What if your English teacher taught you the wrong pronunciations and you didn’t know better? It’d be fine if you came from an English-speaking background, but what if you didn’t t? My sister had a teacher who pronounced “client” as “clea-ent” – like “clea-ver”. 🤦🏻‍♀️

I was browsing YouTube & came across this girl’s channel where she recorded a video shamelessly listing out her achievements – it’s for an interview, so she says😏 Apparently her degree is in English – that much I gathered from her mumbling and tendency to switch accents. Please just stick to one, honey.

She is a product of a particular brand of local university that is hell bent on upholding its discriminatory practices yet has no qualms about being financed by the hard earned money of people of all colours. No wonder they are so adamant about restricting people of other races to enrol in said establishment because if that had been the case, if entrance was based on merit, this girl wouldn’t even be able to go near any awards. Anyway, now we know, THIS kind of standard also can get award. What kind of award? Coming from that “university”, awards which are worthless save for some late night ego boosting 🤣 So cannot get in also never mind lah✌️

The self-professed English maestro’s video was littered with mispronounced words. It IS difficult, when your mouth is trying to speak properly but your brain can’t decide whether to be British/American/pure Malaysian while deciding which accent to put on. So here are a few words that people commonly mispronounce. I’m not declaring I’m an English expert but when I know, I know.

Graduate
I’ve heard many people say it as gra-do-ate. NO, it is gra-jew-ate.

Similarly, for gradual, it is gra-jew-al; not gra-do-al.

En suite
Oh, this.
It is not “end suit”.

It is “on sweet”.

Chaos
Every time I see this word I think of nachos.
You might have a tendency to say “cha-oars”; char like char kuay teow.

It is “kay-oz”.

Anyway I had a few more words but I also have a Jamaican baked cheesecake to attend to.

Pig moon rising

Pig moon rising

When people say, “men are pigs”, I get so offended on behalf of them pigs. Isn’t it bad enough that they are shunned by religions? But to be lumped together with men? And what about how often they are used in negatory forms of expression […]

Marvo G19 Size-XL Gaming Mousepad Review

Marvo G19 Size-XL Gaming Mousepad Review

Mousepad nowadays is undoubtedly essential to majority of PC users. Every PC user knows how important a mousepad is and can be. If you can still remember that computer mouse – the one with a rubber ball inside? Yeah! That fella used to be pretty […]