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Saturday, 13 April 2013

L is for Language

(During the month of April we are participating in an A-Z challenge hosted by Arlee)

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When it comes to learning English, translating between languages (ie. Bahasa Melayu to English or Mandarin to English) has produced a lot more errors than proficiency. There are also a number of words in Bahasa Melayu (BM) which have been 'borrowed' from English. Some of these include 'televisyen', 'elektrik', 'objektif', 'insurans' and 'komunikasi.' 

With my school students, this has caused a lot of problems when it comes to spelling, favouring the BM words over the proper English spelling.

So while the world has need of good translators for many worthy purposes, I believe it is NOT a worthwhile endeavour when learning English.

What do you find is an effective way of learning a language?

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