Ladies and Gentlemen, it is official – 2010 is here (and by my time zone, it has been here for 3 days 🙂
As the saying goes, a new beginning for a brand new year (although I have tons of unfinished ‘business’ from last year) and I celebrated my New Year by doing nothing. Yup, you read it right, for a ‘first time in a long time’, I actually chose to do nothing on a holiday except to rest and play with my kid. The second day was also ‘quite lax’ but today – the 3rd was something different, I attended the first lesson of a language course – Conversational Malay 🙂
Before I begin, I must admit, I can say a fair bit of stuff in the Malay language (I learned them a long time ago during my ‘tour of duty’ – compulsory National Service in Singapore) but I could never really string a decent sentence, hold a conversation or make my intentions known if it was not buying food or minor items (you get the idea) and in my previous job, I had the need to travel the region, frequently to Malaysia for hospital visits, workflow assessment etc so I decided it was time to brush up the language (or rather, learn it the proper way).
The first lesson was interesting and I could fathom a lot of the material but it turns out that I had to unlearn a lot of what I already knew as ‘street talk’ differs a fair bit from the formal version.
I’ll keep you guys posted on my progress for this course, I think its time to embarrass myself by practicing with Malay colleagues 🙂