Life

what is life exactly?

Britz English vs. Singapore/Malaysian English

Britz English vs. Singapore/Malaysian/Hokkien English
(with a little edit from me)

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.
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

Britons: Excuse me, I’d like to get by. Would you please 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?

WHEN ENTERTAINING
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.

We say : Shut up lah! / Dam lah!

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.

from an email. have a good laugh ^^
Advertisements

Single Post Navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: