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Friday, November 19, 2010

Malay kids who don't really know talking and using Bahasa Malaysia.

Salam,

Who are the Malay kids that I referred to in the title? Well............they are not the strangers as I referred to my own children. Since they have been brought up for almost 4 years in NZ, they are more fluent in English compared to BM. It's not that my hubby and I didn't teach them BM at all but the environment they were brought up has forced them to master English first. What can I say as I myself is an English teacher.

Now, after 6 months of learning in kindergarten, they have somehow improved their Bahasa Malaysia. However, they can't help but to sound so "Mat Salleh-like" when they speak in BM. From time to time, I will spend some time to teach them words in BM. I also ask the other family members to teach my daughters the correct terms and words in BM when they are not sure what to use. I really want to make sure that my daughters can speak both languages fluently. I don't want people to think that they sort of Malays who forget their own root. I reckon, the next step for me is to buy more story books in BM and read the stories to them before they go to bed.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR KIDS? DO YOU ANY LANGUAGE ISSUE WITH THEM? ARE THE COPING WELL LEARNING ENGLISH AND BAHASA MALAYSIA?

13 comments:

Nadiah Sidek said...

nadiah cakap BM je kak nur dgn safiyyah. campur juga la BI. BI nadiah tak risau sgt sbb nnt dia sendiri boleh cakap dlm BI bila bergaul dgn budak2 kat sini atau tgk kartun. silap2 nadiah improve BI dpd safiyyah. hihi..

jgn risau la psl anak2 kak nur tu. diorg cepat pick up. sekejap je dah dpt. kwn nadiah dulu ada jgk bersekolah kat oversea. mula2 tu problem juga la cakap BM tapi lama2 ok je dia

Hamizah said...

samalah keadaannya anak saya..
tp dia lbh suka cakap BM tau..
dlm dialek klate yg sgt broken..

ICA said...

Nur - I can understand sangat what you are going thru esp since your girls membesar di NZ and picked up English rather than BM. Frankly, ujang and I cakap bahasa campur2 with our girls but leaning more towards english. Auni pun masa pi kindy dia, dia lagi cepat baca English (Peter&Jane series) than buku2 BM. Esp bila lani learn BM guna phonics camtu..dia mcm tak dpt nak tangkap secepat English words. Pening I dibuatnya. But I have another 2yrs nak prepare dia before standard 1...so kena pulun habis2 la nanti..hehehe. Kesian kecik2 dah kena pressure kan...

isabelle said...

MIL selalu gak bising kata x faham apa yg adam ckp...
tapi alaa..kalo dah org melayu, tak ajar Bm pun, dia reti jugak.

yatie chomeyl said...

tok tahu la nazhan ni.payoh napok nok kecek, pening kot dio sbb di rumoh kecek kelate, di sekoloh kecek jepung.

Mummy Nana said...

I have the same problem... bila dgr anak2 ckp melayu mcm nak tergelak.. tapi kesian pun ada.. nanti kalau balik mesia mesti kena gelak.. Walhal kitorg husband and wife mmg ckp melayu pun 24hours... But it's ok.. we have our reason... tapi ramai jek budak2 duduk mesia lahir mesia.. grow up kat mesia pun xreti ckp melayu... lagi sedih... errrr... mengada pun ye.. boleh tak ckp camtu... heheheh

transformed housewife said...

Nadiah- harap2 diaorg boleh pick up BM dgn cepat.

transformed housewife said...

Hamizah- anok2 ambo lg zero kalu nok kecek kelate. huhu

transformed housewife said...

Ica- I only have one more year b4 Fathini goes to standard 1. huhu

transformed housewife said...

Isabelle- in my case, MIL & FIL also use English when they talk to them.

transformed housewife said...

Tie- Nazhan meme lg pening sbb kalu dio pandai kecek Jepun, balik nanti tak dok ore lain bulih pehe.

fa10 said...

awla bakal menghadapi masalah sama ngan fatini...
sayo x kisoh la kalu keno masuk kelas pemulihan pun, janji sblm upsr dio boleh faham bm sepenuhnya

transformed housewife said...

Awla pun baru 5 thn kan? jd insyaallah ada masa lg dio nok belajar BM.