If you notice, I have been using formal English exclusively in my blog. No mixing of languages or bahasa rojak or Manglish (Malaysian English) until just recently.
Perhaps you want to know why I blog in English. Showing off? Berlagaks? Tunjuk pandai? Eksen meksen?
The answer – none of the above.. ka..ka..ka.
The real reason is because I was NOT good in English. Eventhough I got A’s in SRP, SPM and U’s exams (eksen lagi meh..), I was still not good in that language. I didn’t know how to write and speak properly in English (without getting harsh comments or nasty laughs from other people).
You see, I was born and raised in a kampung family. We didn’t speak English but Kelantanese dialect. And, back then, the only time I got to speak English was during the oral exam. Even English school teachers didn’t teach 100% in English.
Imagine how hard it was for me when I went to a prestigious all girls boarding school in Seremban (TKC). The school was full with girls from KLs whom English are their second language at home.
I got a major cultural shock. Sometimes I unconsciously mixed Kelantese dialect with Bahasa Melayu and English. Yes, really!
And, when I was in UM, all the lectures, books and exams were 100% in English. Major cultural shock again…okeh.. I think the government should continue teaching Science and Maths in English to primary schoolers – barulah bila besar tak terkena kejutan budaya macam aku.. ka..ka..ka
Back to why I’m blogging in English. Since I already left school and Uni a very long time ago, my English was getting worst. The only time I use spoken and written English was at the office.
So, I thought the only way to keep my English in track is by blogging and speaking to my baby in the language. And, blogging in English actually keep my vocabs at a high acceptable level.
Because my English has improved a lot, I think I can now blog in a mixture of language a.k.a Manglish. And, I kind of like blogging in this style. Hilang tensen makcik!