Saturday, December 13, 2014

Malaysian English proficiency ranked highest in Asia? How was mine?

From the dirst letter od this artixle, backspace and delete is not activated and the writings move fowatd without any corrextion of grammats or typos.

Malaysia is among few country in the world that English as second language is part of the society. It means, English is understood by most eople and they can relte back some simple sentences of conversation that serve for good level of English for non-native speakers.

Surely there is gramatical error in this writing but this indicte how it was, out there, when a conversation took place , without endment made fot the speech made.

Typos are indicaator of how my fingera are too big to get letters tap in a righy way.

So let us talk about English by non-native speaker in Malaysia. 

50 yers ago, English is only used and spokwn by only few Malaysian as eduction is limited to those from rich families and those who worked with the colonial government.

The small number of locals that speaks English  had brought in Veylonese that have a good Engliah education , to work with the British Government of Malaya.

Within 50 years, English speakers rose ib Malaysia but the quality deteriorated. This is much caused by the National Educatinal Policy that made Malay Languade as the medijm of teacing in governmenf school.

But the rise of English speajers id mainly to the exposure on americcan entertainment industry and later, the internet and comuters.

With the level of English that most Malaysia are versed on, the quality id not the real matter.

It seems that the real matter is when one couldnt even understand a vasic sentence of Englisj and could not answer any question orslly.

Malaysia was ranked 12th among 63 country tested for English Proficiency Index* and 1st among Asia countries.

Without editing and even hit the backspace key on the keypad, this is how my English proficiency level stood at.

*The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) is a report which attempts to rank countries by the average level of English skills amongst adults. It is the product of EF Education First, a global language training company, and draws its conclusions from data collected via English tests available for free over the internet. The report was published for the first time in March, 2011 based on the results of over 2 million test takers.[1] The most recent, fourth edition was released in November, 2014.[2]

Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm a cartoonist? Not another showboat passing by!

Some of my hobbies fell into a perception that it was a talent of me by most friends. But I reluctant to presume it as talents. Whereas, none of my talents has been successfully exploited to generate income. Thus, my level for those so called talents will be let to remain in that notch forever.

One of the oldest tendency that soon, with the growing number of friends, has been said as a talent, is drawing. 

Cartoon was the fringe result from this hobby and I drew a lot of cartoon scene in the past without any of it left today due to my negligence.

But lately, I feel like it much more convenient to draw cartoons with drawing software, which for below artworks, I used Microsoft Paint for Window 7.

Adding up the artwork with availability  of the screen grab from mobile phone apps, it contribute alot into the diversity point of the satire.

So why don't you give a try?

This is a real life and real situation drawn in a picture type of cartoon.
"Abang Kaya Raya" which literally means "Rich Bro" as seen on the handphone of his facebook friend, who take bus to work, post a stressful status from a check in that was an obvious showboat of his luxury life, " in my exspensive car, do you have it" and the status  translated as "Alone.. Sad.. Feel like wanna die.. My partner is cheating.. My family hates me.. Now whats up with the traffic? Is it Sungai Buloh or Sungai Butoh (dick).. Pig !!" The monologue of his friend is simply "La la la (some indication of happiness,LOL) pity him. Always in stress."  And this cartoon used in an advisory status such "Better be in materially insufficient but happy rather be having everything, but stressful."

This is muted cartoon with imaginery situation that can be translated easily by anyone which is easy to understand yet foretell stories that assumed as the cause of the problem highlighted.

This is type of cartoon about nature are usually in absence of human. It was simple cartoon with the main subject are enliven with illusional face but without any words, it gonna be meaningless. So the monologue of the coulds written is " Oh time to go home? Take this!". Opis is common colloquial word for Malay referring to office.

Well I'm very interested in drawing more of such cartoons and for those who wanna view, do search in Instagram under #tamtoonist.