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Manglish? Malaysian English…

Story 1

English: Would you turn off the fan?
Manglish: Off the fan

English: Oh dear, I am going to be in deep trouble.
Manglish: Die!

English: Hi, Lucy. haven’t seen you for a long time. How are you?
Hi, Lucy. Long time no see. So how?

English:Would you happen to have some coins? May I borrow 50 sen, please?
Manglish: Got coins or not? Can lend 50 sen, ah?

English:Siva, you seemed to have lost some weight.
Manglish: Siva, you gone down oredi.

English:I’d like to order a glass of plain water.
Manglish: Sky juice one.

English:Encik Kamal is out of town
Manglish: Encik Kamal outstation

English:I have yet to pay the fine,
Manglish: Norchet pay fine

English: Would you reverse your car?

Story 2
Below are some excerpts from actual job application letters.Positions have been changed to disguise the identities of the writers. After each excerpt is an imaginary Human Resource Manager (HRM) response.

1.”I am just a fresh graduate looking for space to grow”
“Sounds like you’re a plant looking for space to grow. Sorry, our org
anisation only employs people.”

2.”I really wish to joining your company and start my carrier.”
“What carrier do you want to start?Lorry transport?Delivery service?Bag business?Hello, this vacancy is for an Accounts Executive.”

3.”I want to apply a jobs in your company.”
“You want to apply for how many jobs?Don’t be greedy. Apply for one at a time.”

4.”Although I do not have any actual working experience pertaining to the real world, however, I will perform well in your company base on the heart for working hard.”
HRM: “You have a working experience in another world?Which is it-virtual world or afterworld?By the way, have you had a doctor check if your heart can take hard work?”

5.”If my soul of knowledge meet your minima criteria, please be inform that I’m willing to start with low range of monthly salary.”
“Knowledge has a soul?Even if you offer to work for free, I’ll pass, thank you very much.”

Ed.Notes : Had your fair pinch of laugh yet? More laughing matter when you read the referred book.One thing for sure, I love how each story unfolds, down-to-earth anecdote, language simplicity & very close to our heart.

I had enjoyed reading facts of life about Malaysian people to mention a few; from food, the way we drive, language lingos, celebration & festivals even how parenting being done. Anything under the sun to amuse us.

Currently I’m onto the second book by the same author. A prequel of the abovementioned book, “Life’s Like That”. A real page-turner, I tell you.

May 18, 2009 - Posted by | Hanz in Reading, Hanz's Muse


  1. hahahaha…lame dah tak baca bende2 lawak camni…i suke 😀

    Comment by Farah | May 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. i ade buku tuh & dah baca. mmg funny..hehe

    Comment by azzamoro | May 18, 2009 | Reply

  3. that one ka?But it happen lor?another scenario yg i biasa dpt cam tu org msia di melbourne. conversation goes:mat salleh: could u pls….bla bla bla?msian person: Caaan..(instead of saying. yes i can do it..bla bla..)i slalu perhati mula mat salleh tu mesti cam blur2 sat.

    Comment by Mama-Miya a.k.a "Jedi Hopeful" | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. hehhe lawak2. nak cari gak la bukuk ni nanti

    Comment by yatie chomeyl | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  5. salam Hanz,dedolu kakyong ade subscribe Reader’s digest.. paling suka section Laughter the best medicine… !!thanks for make me laugh with this entri… :))

    Comment by kakyong | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hi Chit-Chatters…great that u had a good laugh…enjoy more..laughter is the best medicine!

    Comment by Hanz | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  7. That is us Malaysian lahhh.. “lahh’ tak buleh tinggai… We are Malaysian whaaat !! heheheh

    Comment by Dayah | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  8. Haa haaa haaaa..ketawa terkikik kikik I sampai Amsyar pun tanya, “What is it Mama..what’s so funny? Is it me…?”.My fave: “Norchet pay fine”. Sebutan “norchet” tu spot on!Kalau yg fresh grad CV tu memang kelakar haa haaa..must get the book lah 😀

    Comment by SOHO Mama | May 19, 2009 | Reply

  9. hahahai rasa my english mmg teruk gila. ingatkan dapat mentor UK dptla improve tapi makin dahsyat pulak.kalau ada orang putih baca my blog mau pusing2 kepala dia 😀

    Comment by Mommy Lyna | May 20, 2009 | Reply

  10. Dayah, Millie, Lyna…It’s either i senyum2 sumbing or ketwa terbahak-bahak baca buku ni..kisah orang potong rumput, kisah handphone, kisah tart nenas pun ada!

    Comment by Hanz | May 20, 2009 | Reply

  11. aiseymen.. my english also not that good, i can speak very little english…huhu…as long as ppl can understand my simple english, i’m ok with haha.. belasah la labu… -mama emma-

    Comment by precious innocent | May 22, 2009 | Reply

  12. Emma, takper…manglish kan best!unique tu!

    Comment by Hanz | May 22, 2009 | Reply

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