Britz English vs. Singapore/Malaysian English
(with a little edit from me)
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.
We say : No Stock.
RETURNING A CALL
Britons: Hello, this is John Smith. Did anyone page for me a few moments ago?
We say : Hello, who page?
ASKING SOMEONE TO MAKE WAY
We say : S-kew me / Siam la!
WHEN SOMEONE OFFERS TO PAY
Britons: Hey, put your wallet away, this drink is on me.
We say :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?
We say : (pointing the door) can ar?
Britons: Please make yourself right at home.
We say : Don’t be shy, lah! / Mai shy lah!
WHEN DOUBTING SOMEONE
Britons: I don’t recall you giving me the money.
We say : Where got?
WHEN DECLINING AN OFFER
Britons: I’d prefer not to do that, if you don’t mind.
We say : Don’t want la… / Mai la…
IN DISAGREEING ON A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
Britons: Err. Tom, I have to stop you there. I understand where you’re
coming from, but I really have to disagree with what you said about the issue.
We say : You mad, ah? / Siao ah?
WHEN ASKING SOMEONE TO LOWER THEIR VOICE
Britons: Excuse me, but could you please ! lower your voice, I’m trying to concentrate over here.
WHEN ASKING SOMEONE IF HE/SHE KNOWS YOU
Britons: Excuse me, but I noticed you staring at me for some time.. Do I know you?
We say : See what, see what?
WHEN ASSESSING A TIGHT SITUATION
Britons: We seem to be in a bit of a predicament at the moment.
We say : Die-lah!!
WHEN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED
Britons: Will someone tell me what has just happened?
We say : Wat happen Why like that….
WHEN SOME ONE DID SOMETHING WRONG
Britons: This isn’t the way to do it here let me show you,
We say : like that also don’t know how to do!!!!
WHEN ONE IS ANGRY
Britons: Would you mind not disturbing me
We say :Celaka u
So what’s wrong with our language…simple, short, concise, to the point and effective ?
Effectiveness is what communication is all about.