Monday, 4 July 2011

Em-phasis not em-pha-sis

It was freaking cold this morning!

The apparent temperature around 7.30 pagi tadi was –0.7°C. I know it wasn’t as cold as Canberra or Tassie but for Perth, that was really cold ok, hehehe.

I like wearing fingerless gloves during Winter sebab I can still feel and use my phone without all the typos masa nak menaip sms. But pagi tadi I was wishing I had the full gloves on sebab my fingertips were freezing which made it so difficult nak ber sms, hahahaha. My nose was numb from the cold as well. Nasib baik pakai scarf so telinga I was so snuggly warm instead of frozen, hikhikhik…..

I nak type sms cuma 2 ayat aje pun ambik masa sikit nya lama Open-mouthed smile.

But I would rather have this cold than the hot 40+ Summer weather anytime.

(And I wouldn’t mind a little bit of snow as well while it’s still this cold….. please…pretty please…. hahahahahaha…. Winking smile).

Anyway….

Have you ever been in a situation where you do not know how to pronouce some English words? Well..it’s more of getting the right emphasis on the syllables instead of the pronunciation.

I selalu kena buat spelling homewwork dengan The Little Misses. Buat spelling dengan Miss 7 is easy sebab her words are everyday words like tomato, November, guard, hopping and so on. So no problemo there when it comes to pronunciation and the emphasis.

Spelling dengan Miss 12 pulak can sometimes make me tergagap sekejap and have to think of where the emphasis is on the syllable Smile. I know what all the words mean but if you get the emphasis wrong, she won’t be able to understand what word I’m trying to say kan and then she can’t spell it right, hehehe.

What kind of words you might ask?

They are not hard words but they are not words that you use in daily conversation so tu yang kadang2 boleh terlupa emphasis dia kat syllable yang mana. Like correspondence, apparatus, corroborate, isosceles, conscientious, mathematician, commemorate and so on…..

The Little Misses kalau balik M’sia kadang2 find it difficult to faham the way orang Msia cakap English sebab dah biasa dengar Aussie accent setiap hari, hehehe.

And some people when they speak English as a second language, they don’t care about the emphasis in the syllables, tu yang kadang2 bukan The Little Misses aje tak paham, I pun tak paham, hahahaha….

I ni yang kena cakap English hari2 pun kadang2 find it difficult to  put the emphasis correctly, lagi lah Nenek and Atuk kat kampung yang cakap English occasionally tu aje kan.

So, kalau you all jumpa The Little Misses kat Msia and they keep on saying, “pardon?”pardon? what did you say?”, it’s not because they are deaf, it’s because their brains can’t compute the Manglish accent and emphasis, hehehe….. Winking smile.

For dinner malam ni, I made stir-fried chicken with vegetables and cashew, nori omelet and tahu goreng.

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My last dinner before I turn 41, hikhikhik….

18 comments:

Lili said...

LG,

I take this opportunity to be the first(? ahaks!) to wish you Happy Birthday. May Allah bless you with good health, happiness and wealth. Ameen.

P/s..I had rice and lauk2 simple for iftar just now..ni mata dah berat sesangat nak tunggu Isyak... bila2 nak try telur dadar dgn nori tu. :D

blu4sky said...

hahaha..teringat my english course instructor who is an old indian lady with british medium background.. dlm satu ayat yg kitorang sebut rasa more than 50% dia dok betulkan..sepanjang course tu kitorang asyik kena bebel sbb sebutan salah memanjang..hehehector who is an old indian lady with british medium background.. dlm satu ayat yg kitorang sebut rasa more than 50% dia dok betulkan..sepanjang course tu kitorang asyik kena bebel sbb sebutan salah memanjang..hehehe

MULAN said...

LG,

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY".. May your days be filled with happiness, great health, success & Rahmat Allah forever..

and stay sweet...!!

lemongrass said...

Kak Emily,
thank you thank you :-). I pun kdg2 bila puasa, I teringin sgt nak makan just nasi panas and telur goreng and sayur goreng sahaja, hehehe.

Blu4sky,
hahahaha...memang kan. They are very particular when it comes to emphasis which is good lah kan or else memang no one can understand us :-)

Mulan,
thank ou for the wonderful wish :-)

malin_purple said...

kak, teringin sgt nak dgr little misses cakap melayu.. hihi.. mesti comeeeellll dgn pelat2 nya...

Dinas Aldi said...

I kalau salah atau lupa atau tak tau emphasis on which syllable, alamat nak kena buang kerja la, kahkahkah!

AMY_YNA1985 said...

Salam..(^_^)

Selamat Hari Lahir Kak Min.. Semoga ALLAH SWT melanjutkan usia kak min, semoga dimurahkan rezeki dan semoga sentiasa bahagia disamping insan-insan yang tersayang..


p/s:
Kak Min.. nanti balik Malaysia boleh x kak min buat perjumpaan dengan pembaca2 setia blog kak min..?? Tentu best kan dapat jumpa face to face... (^_^)

Fazlinil Irma said...

salam ulangtahun kak min. moga umur yg berbaki sentiasa dalam keberkatanNYA. :)

zoe said...

If wrinkles must be written upon our brows let them not be written on the heart.The spirit should not grow old.Middle age is when you start to show around the middle.May this birthday offer you as much joy and happiness as you give to all who know you. Hoping your wishes come true year after year, Happy Birthday Kak Min...

My MAA said...

mmg sejukkkssss....rasa frozen kepala nie...aduh K'min jgn la mintak snow.; i mmg tatahan sejuk....kalau nak snow for 1 day cukupla....hikhikhikkk

yeah..i pun selalu kena sound dgn my boys sbb sebutan x betul...kadang nak terkehel lidah nie. rasa mcm herot bibir pun ada kalau nak ikut accent diorang i.e: eylligeyder (alligator), crocodaiyel (crocodile) ereng eten (orang utan) aduh mmg tersentil lidah den....

P/s: Happy birthday K'min...semoga happy alyways !!)

Madam Sooyaree said...

Happy birthday!!! Satu Amerika sambut birthday you, hihihi... Malam ni siap ada fireworks tau ;)

T said...

Happy Birthday LG!

Your little Misses remind me of masa my spouse dekat Malaysia. Malaysian didn't understand his standard American accent, and he didn't really comprehend Malaysian slang. Once, we were at a shoe store, and after trying a few stuff the sales person said "Want? Don't Want?" and without a beat my spouse replied "English, please?" Being a good wife, I just had to'ter'ketawa out loud. But similar incidents happened all the time while we were there.

Aidah said...

Aiyah! You 41 alleddi ah? Happy burstday lor. My speaking English can understand or not? Ha ha ha. Biasalah tu...kalau belajar french lagi lak kelakar, my mlle dulu siap angkat-angkat kening lagi bila nak pronounce certain french word. Belum masuk lagi part jantan betina untuk every nouns tu.

indahhouse said...

Salam kak LG,
Happy birthday! :)
may your wish come true. ada snow turun. hikhik..
tak boleh bayangkan the little misses sebut perkataan baku tu. at least ada mommy yg rajin buat homework dgn mereka. :)

penDragon said...

lupa I nk wish akak "Happy B'day...have a good one!"

kucingorengemok said...

haha, i pernah tanya kawan mat saleh, kat mana david (cakap omputih le)... dia gila-gila tak faham, berkali-kali i sebut david david david, last-last dia dengan accent gila-gila, ooo DAYYY-vaaaydd

macam nak siku je rasa, hahaha

relaxNhappy said...

Happy birthday. Moga panjang umur, murah rezeki & bahagia selalu =)

lemongrass said...

Malin,
Ada a few videos yg diaorang nyanyi lagu raya in Malay, cubalah cari in the archives :-).

Dinas,
you sure slalu tersengih kan bila dengar your students pronounce some words. Kalau I jadi you, maulah hari2 tahan gelak, hehehe.

Amy,
thanks for the wish ye. Amin...
I bila balik Msia, either spend time kat Ijok or kat KL aje so occasionally dpt jugak lah jumpa kawan2 blog :-).

Irma,
Thank you and amin....

Zoe,
thank you for the lovely poem and wish :-)

Maz,
I nak snow 2 hari aje pun so dpt lah the girls main snow puas2, hahaha. Tapi memang sejuk beku skrg ni kan esp pagi2 and malam!
Your kids tu dah Aussie accent habis, hahaha.

Sooyaree,
I kan femes you, tu yg Obama pun celebrate bday I :-P

T,
Thanks for the wish. My girls kdg2 ingat they were speaking malay with them so they said, we dont understand Malay padahal orang tu ckp Manglish dgn dia, hahaha.

Aidah,
41 oledi mah, so old lah! French, Italian, German and yang seangkatan dgn nya semua ada male and female which makes it a bit more complicated :-).

Indah,
Salam. Thank you for the wish :-). Memang kena rajin buat homework dgn diaorang, kalau tak, entah hapa2 diaorang jawab nanti kan, hehee.

Pendragon,
thanks :-)

KOG,
muahahaha....tu sure orang OZ tu sbb sikit nya DaaayyyyVeeeed accent dia. I pun kdg2 sakit telinga dengar OZ accent yg melampau2 ni.

Relaxnhappy,
thank you :-)