English is the most “internationalised” language in the world, a language which changes with the locale where it is spoken. In Malaysia, the variant is known as Manglish. A short comparison of both “regular” English and Manglish is given below.
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 other oulets for you.
Malaysians: Sorry, 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 drinks is on me.
Malaysians : Wei… No need lah..
WHEN ASKING FOR PERMISSION
Britons : Excuse me, but do you think it would possible for me to enter through this door?
Malaysians : (pointing the door) Can arr?
Britons : Please make yourself right at home.
Malaysians : Aiya.. Dont 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- waan la..
IN DISAGREEING ON A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
Britons : Err. sir, i’ve to stop you here. I understand where you’re coming from but i really have disagree with what you said about the issue.
Malaysians : You mad, ah?
WHEN ASKING SOME ONE TO LOWER THEIR VOICE
Britons : Excuse me, but could you please lower your voice. I’m trying to concentrate over here.
Malaysians : Wooi.. Shaddap lah!!
WHEN ASKING SOMEONE IF HE /SHE KHOWS YOU
Britons : Excuse me, but i noticed you staring at me for sometime. 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 : Aiya.. die lah!!!
WHEN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED
Britons : Will someone tell me what has just happened?
Malaysians : Wat happen? Why lai dat????
WHEN SOME ONE DID SOMETHING WRONG
Britons : This isn’t the way to do it. Here let me show you.
Malaysians : Aiyah!!!, lai dat also doe no how to do!!!!!
WHEN ONE IS ANGRY
Britons : Would you mind not disturbing me!
Malaysians : Celaka u!!