Malaysian English vs British English

Who says our English is teruk. Ours is simple,short,concise, straight-to-point and very effective. etc. The English did invent the English Language, but they cannot use it economically when communicating their intentions. Compare these phrases that Malaysians and Britons use to say the same thing: So, why make things so confusing and waste of money when you are and a long distance call.

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.

Malaysians: No Stock.


RETURNING A CALL
Britons: Hello, this is John Smith. Did anyone page for me a few moments ago?

Malaysians: Hallo, who page?

ASKING SOMEONE TO MAKE WAY
Britons: Excuse me, I’d like to get by. Would you please make way?

Malaysians: S-kew me

WHEN SOMEONE OFFERS TO PAY
Britons: Hey, put your wallet away, this drink is on me.

Malaysians: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?

Malaysians: (pointing the door) can ar?

WHEN ENTERTAINING
Britons: Please make yourself right at home.

Malaysians: Don’t be shy, lah!

WHEN DOUBTING SOMEONE
Britons: I don’t recall you giving me the money.

Malaysians: Where got?

WHEN DECLINING AN OFFER
Britons: I’d prefer not to do that, if you don’t mind.

Malaysians: Doe-waaaan!

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.

Malaysians
: You mad, 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.

Malaysians: Shaddap 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?

Malaysians
: See what, see what?

WHEN ASSESSING A TIGHT SITUATION
Britons: We seem to be in a bit of a predicament at the moment.

Malaysians: Die-lah!!

WHEN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED
Britons: Will someone tell me what has just happened?

Malaysians: Wat happen Why lidat????ADUI!!! (jumping to conclusion)

WHEN SOME ONE DID SOMETHING WRONG
Britons: This isn’t the way to do it here let me show you.

Malaysians:Hoi!!!u pig ar lidat also doe no how to do!!!!

WHEN SOMEONE PISS YOU OFF
Britons: That’s a terrible thing you did…I am very disappointed with you

Malaysians: CHI-BAI!!

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. copy/paste
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 17:08:15

    lol~
    so true and damn funny mehh~
    tension today…glad ure post carved a smile on me
    haha~

  2. Ripsta
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 17:14:14

    really.. i was so damn stress today and the joke come out.. ahahahha

  3. farha
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 17:39:05

    klaka2
    tp memang betul
    lagi teruk kalau rojak
    huru hara bahasa

  4. Ripsta
    Oct 23, 2008 @ 17:46:03

    that is what happen to all Malaysian attitude.. haish.. sorry to say..

  5. Kunci
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 01:28:47

    cant help laughing on “see what,see what”
    roflol

    ps:i can conclude that Britons are much more language-mannered?

  6. copy/paste
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 10:54:19

    if malay version of english, at the beginning of a sentence sure got..

    “Actually…”
    “I think…”
    “Usually…”

    haha~…and i noticed many people used “cuba-test” or “try-test” sentence when they recommending stuffs~…padahal bender samer…adei~

  7. farha
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 22:40:52

    bkn ‘cuba test’ la
    ‘cuba try test’
    hahahha

  8. Ripsta
    Oct 25, 2008 @ 09:36:20

    indeed.. unfortunately, i usually used “test tengok camne jadi!!” hehehhee..

    english is not hard to learn at all, u have to get used to its.. time to time unintentionally you easily can manipulate your verbal.. :D just keep reading / listen / use.. unless you not willing to learn its..

  9. copy/paste
    Oct 26, 2008 @ 11:19:52

    yeap~
    hafta agree~..^^..
    but i rly cant be dat fluent in english..
    mesti nak selit rojak2 skit~

  10. troisnyx* officiel
    Oct 30, 2008 @ 12:07:21

    LOL… I laughed my head off reading this one. =)

    I’ve been constantly blogging – and I’m in the midst of exam season. See, someone had to mention about my lack of level-headedness early this morning during French class for me to lose my cool altogether. That’s practically why I put that post up there.

  11. mrs terabozu
    Dec 19, 2008 @ 18:31:41

    LOL… I laughed my head off reading this one. =)
    true and damn funny!

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