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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Manglish

I spend two weeks of medical rotation and two weeks of paediatrics as part of my elective in Hospital Ipoh, Perak. This hospital is roughly about 40km from my home and I was driving to and fro everyday.

This post I would be writing on the language used among doctors in Malaysia. Manglish, that is the mixture of Malay and English; is the most widespread language spoken by doctors.

After four weeks spending time in Ipoh, I never able to speak in Manglish. I was the only medical student who are doing elective in each department and thus, every doctor questioned which university I was from since I don't speak in Manglish.

I find it quite difficult to speak in Manglish. It is akin of breaking up the language and mixes it with another language. For someone like me who has been striving to improve my English, this is a step backward.

I am planning to work in Malaysia next year. I believe that within few years of working as a doctor in Malaysia, I would be able to master Manglish wink but my aim of improving my English will be diminished slowly.

8 comments:

hayad said...

master in Manglish...hehehehe.

ingatkan doc kt mesia is using the correct english.rupanya tak jugak ek?

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english saya pun tak berapa bgs sangat ni. ingat nk pi Bristish Council, tp tak sempat lg nak join kelas kt ctu.

TeacherNunu said...

semoga berjaya dan berkhidmatlah di negara sendiri..:)

Hafiz said...

@ hayad, agak jarang utk jumpa doktor yang cakap full in English. Mungkin sebab Manglish lagi senang cakap kot.

@ nurul, terima kasih

nhh_318 said...

doc, rather than struggling for MASTERJI in MANGLISH. i would like to suggest you to improve ur BAHASA MELAYU la... ok ka?

Ummu Layth said...

continue using proper english or if cannot, use proper malay. i don't mind cakap2 rojak english/malay but manglish is complete pollution of both languages!

Hafiz said...

@nhh, akan cuba untuk menguasai BM lepas ni :)

@ aliya, OK I will try to use proper Malay or English whenever I talk in the future.

empunya diri said...

hahahahah...
aritu sebap pakai manglish la xlepas interbiu TESL sy...huhuhuhu...
tp dah bahasa camtu yg selalu kita d0k guna kan ;")

nhh_318 said...

bahasa jiwa bangsa.