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Mistakes in English 5

Some Malaysian expressions and words

which are not standard English:

running dog


Local use: The man horned loudly.

Standard English: The man sounded his horn loudly.

In standard English, horn is a noun, not a verb.


Local use: Chop this form, please.

Standard English: Please stamp this form.

In standard English, chop means “to cut into pieces”.


Local use: Please off the lights when you leave the room.

Standard English: Please switch off the lights when you leave the room.

In standard English, on and off are not verbs.


Local use: We cannot cut buses on this busy road.

Standard English: We cannot pass (or overtake) buses on this busy road.


Local use: Open the lights. Open the screw.

Standard English: Switch on the lights. Loosen the screw.

In standard English we cannot “open the lights”, though we can “open the door”.


Local use: I will follow you to the party,

Standard English: I will go with you to the party.

In standard English, follow means “to go behind”.


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Manglish: common mistakes

Some common mistakes made by Malaysian



Malaysians use words with the wrong meaning.

Here are some common mistakes


Wrong: Can you borrow me five ringgit?

Correct: Can you lend me five ringgit?


Wrong: He is living in Hotel Odeon. (The word refers to a place where one lives for a long time, as in a home)

Correct: He is staying in Hotel Odeon. (For a place one stays for a short time)


Wrong: The state of Malaysia. (This is a country)

Correct: The state of Malacca.


Wrong: They learn History and Mathematics. (Learning is used for skills such as cooking or driving)

Correct: They study History and Mathematics.


Wrong: They ate a lot of fishes for dinner.

Correct: They ate a lot of fish for dinner.


Wrong: The lady goes marketing to get food for her family. (Marketing means to sell something)

Correct: The lady goes shopping to get food for her family.

Other oddities in written Malaysian English include:


WrongIts cool in Fraser’s hill. (Its signifies something that belongs to the hill, eg: “its lush greenery”)

CorrectIt’s cool in Fraser’s hill. (It’s is a contraction of “it is”)


Wrong: Keep quite!

Correct: Keep quiet!


Wrong: His work is worst than yours. (A superlative adjective)

Correct: His work is worse than yours. (A comparative adjective)


Wrong: They walked passed the shop. (The past tense of the verb “pass”)

Correct: They walked past the shop. (This is a preposition. “Past” usually follows a verb eg: “He ran past the garden”)


Wrong: The lost of her handbag really stressed her.

(This is the past tense of “lose” and is a verb)

Correct: The loss of her bag really stressed her. (This is a noun)



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Mistakes in English 2

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Are you a real Chinese?

What makes Chinese-CHINESE?

1. You unwrap gifts very carefully, so you can save and reuse the wrapping and especially those ribbons.
2. When there is a sale on toilet paper, you buy 100 rolls and store them in your closet or in the bedroom of an adult child who has moved out.
3. You keep a Thermos of hot water available at all times.
4. You save grocery bags, tin foil and tin containers. You use the grocery bags to hold garbage.
5. You hate to waste food:
(a) Even if you’re totally full, if someone says they’re going to throw away the leftovers on the table, you’ll finish them. (Your mom will give a lecture about starving kids in Africa).
(b) You have Tupperware in your fridge with three bites of rice or one leftover chicken wing.
6. You don’t own any real Tupperware – only a cupboard full of used but carefully rinsed margarine tubs, take out containers, and jam jars.
7. You have a collection of miniature shampoo bottles that you take every time you stay in a hotel.
8. You wipe your plate and utensils before you eat every time you go to a restaurant.
9 . You own a rice cooker and a slow cooker.
10. You wash your rice at least 2-3 times before cooking it.
11. You fight (literally) over who pays the dinner bill.
12. You have a teacup with a cover on it.
13. If you’re under age 20, you own a really expensive Walkman if you’re over 20, you own a really expensive camera.
14. You’re a wok user.
15. You only make long distance calls after 7pm.
16. You prefer your shrimp with the heads and legs still attached-it, means they’re fresh.
17. You never call your parents just to say, ‘Hi.’

18. If you don’t live at home, when your parents call, they’ll ask if you’ve eaten, even if it’s midnight.
19. Your parents tell you to boil herbs and stay indoors when you get sick. They also tell you not to eat fried foods or baked foods because such food are ‘heaty’.
20. You e-mail your Chinese friends at work, even though you only sit 10 feet apart.
21. You always cook too much.
22. You eat every last grain of rice in your bowl, but don’t eat the last piece of food on the table.
23. You starve yourself before going to ‘All You Can Eat’ buffet.
24. You know someone who can get you a good deal on jewelry or electronics, computers.
25 . You own your own meat cleaver and sharpen it.
26. Your toothpaste tubes are all squeezed paper-thin.
27. You call a sausage a hotdog.
28. You wrap with napkins all the knives, spoons and forks of the airline that you fly on and put in your travel-bag as souvenirs.
29. You never forget to take with you all the unused bath and facial tissues when you check out from the hotel because you believe that you have paid its all.


Now that you have read the lot, are they mostly true?

Will you take this message and forward it to all your Chinese friends,

because you will always be proud that you’re indeed a great Chinese….  



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Mistakes in English 1

Spot the Mistakes

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Mistakes in English 3

This is English or Chinglish?

China is the place to be for English teachers!




Exist? Ok, ok, got it……!


I won’t…… I Promise….
But where r ‘u’?


Have a careful suicide…..!

I’m NOT going to pay to trim my foot.

Didn’t understand?….Neither did I……!
(May be accident prone area).

Data Breaker ?!?!?!

Bottled water in a can?

I’m going down pressing my head up.

Sorry I can’t treasure the used ones…..
Really can’t.!!!



Thanks for the Suggestion.


Yes I WILL…!!!

Died on the table?

Thanks for your Corporation !

Now scratch your heads!!!!!

Uncle Teng




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