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Thursday, December 30, 2010

all about WORDS

i have just finished reading this book by Graham Colin-Jones called all about WORDS. it's actually a self-study handbook designed to help you solve some of your difficulties with the english language. as stated in the book, it was first published in 1983 and was reprinted in 1984 and 1987. i am not sure if you can find copies of this book in bookstores now.

some of the chapters in this book are particularly relevant to me as they deal with the difficulties i often have, like the use of prepositions, the different uses of 'will' and 'would'. this book actually gives me a deeper insight into the way english language is developing and into how it is used for particular purposes.

so one of the chapter i read was this: do you speak british or american english?

this chapter explains that the differences between british english and american english are not limited to vocabulary, but also include pronunciation, spelling and even grammar. looking back, i didn't speak english on a daily basis until i was 9. it was when my family left kuala lumpur to stay in glasgow, scotland and i went to school there. from the exposure i began to master british english and although i don't speak with a scottish accent anymore, it is still the english i speak today.

so do you speak british english or american english? try this exercise to find out:

  1. on saturday night do you like to go to (a) the movies (b) the cinema (c) the pictures (d) the flicks?
  2. do you call your mother (a) mum or mummy (b) mom or mommy?
  3. do you pronounce the 'i' in anti-nuclear as in (a) tie (b) tin?
  4. is the place in the car where you put your luggage (a) the boot (b) the trunk?
  5. is the middle point of something (a) the centre (b) the center?
  6. what's your (a) favourite (b) favorite television
  7. (a) program (b) programme?
  8. do you walk along (a) the pavement (b) the sidewalk?
  9. do you call waste material that you throw away (a) rubbish (b) garbage (c) trash?
  10. after a meal at the restaurant what do you ask for ? (a) the bill (b) the check?
  11. children like to eat (a) sweets (b) candy

now, let's check your answers.
  1. (a) american (b) british (c) british (d) british
  2. (a) british (b) american
  3. (a) american (b) british
  4. (a) british (b) american
  5. (a) british (b) american
  6. (a) british (b) american
  7. (a) american (b) british
  8. (a) british (b) american
  9. (a) british (b) american (c) american
  10. (a) british (b) american
  11. (a) british (b) american

can you believe how far you have been influenced american english?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 is the year

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i failed to update anything in the last few months.
i know. i suck at updating.

with 4 days left before we wrap up 2010 and say hello to 2011, i feel the need to write some last notes before 2010 ends.

we celebrated our first anniversary last dec the 4th. 1 year down, a lifetime to come. we're happy where we are.. :)

i was on 5days leave last week to gather with family, and to just laze around with jay. heaven on earth. i practically had to drag my feet to work yesterday. i'm working for 4 days this week before going for leave again on new year's eve.

i haven't plan much for 2010. i just sort of went with the flow. i was more focusing on brushing up skills, focusing on my marriage, perfecting this and that.

and now i am more inspired than ever to begin 2011. it all started after i met Liz Gilbert in eat pray love.

i know i was late at watching it. if only i have seen it earlier. or read the paperback version earlier for that matter. if i did perhaps back then when i was single i would leave home to soul-search.

now married, i still feel inspired by her. not to go soul-searching, but rather to embrace what i have around me because by now, i feel i have found what i have been longing for.

i have big plans for 2011. really. it's those things that i have kept pending for a long time now.
i feel 2011 is the time. and come jan 01, i will bear them all.

while i pray and dream big things to happen in 2011, i wish all of you the same, may 2011 be more beautiful and wonderful.

Happy 2011 everyone.