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MALAYSIA | Monday, 14 July 2008 | Views [487] | Comments [2]

Restoran dinner with the family

Restoran dinner with the family

There are many languages spoken in Malaysia, the result of a storied history. All the locals speak English, as well as Malay, and sometimes a Chinese dialect. Much of the written English is spelled slightly different than I am accustomed to. A few notable examples:

Taxi = Teksi

Restaurant = Restoran

Museum = Muzium

Commuter = Komuter

Boutique = Butik

Tea = Teh

Ice = Ais

Hockey = Hoki

Counter = Kaunter

Lobby = Lobi

Insurance = Insurans

Express = Ekspres

Lucky for me, these words are mostly pronounced the same. I'm still working on my accent though... speech is often followed by sounds such as "ahh" and "lah", which punctuate and enhance intended meaning. It's difficult to explain, but interesting to listen to. If I happen to talk like this the next time you see me, please be kind, ahh?

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Sounds like you're having a terrific time :) Looking forward to reading more about your travels!

  Yolanda Jul 15, 2008 2:43 AM

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Lauren,
This is a great idea! How interesting your trip is and you sound like you are having such a wonderful time! It's so nice to have these memories of your travel experiences in years to come. With Cam coming back from his Oregon experience, he's already understanding "family" in a way that I could only hope for him and the depth of his relationship with my family has grown immensely. Have fun and enjoy this opportunity!

  Marlene Jul 15, 2008 3:06 AM

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