Reflections on Queries from Lecture 1

Dear All

I am putting up some questions raised after the first lecture:

1. Can salam be used at night?  Yes.  We offer regards all day.  So Salam petang or salam sejahtera may be used at night.


2. I can’t find the Collins Dictionary in the Coop. 

There are 2 copies of billingual dictionaries in RBR for those who need a quick browse. You may want to use other online references:

If you ask me which is the best? The dictionary that facilitates your learning is the best. 

Like Mao had once said that any black or white cat that catches its mice is a good cat.


3. Why  are there variations in Malay pronunciation: Cik vs. cek, apa vs ape, mana vs. mane

Malay speakers of Singapura, Johor, Riau, Batam speaks the /e/ version of Malay since time in memorial:

The speakers tend to lower /a/ to /e/ in open ending words:

mengapa [mengape]; siapa [siape]; bapa [bape], saudara [saudare] note that these words are those in lecture

But note that /a/ in the closed end words remain unaffected: abang, kakak, ayah, emak

The standard version in school dictates that students pronounce according to spelling

apa; bila; suka [like]; bapa

This version is called standard Malay similar to the Malay variety spoken in the northern Peninsular i.e. Kedah, Perak and Pulau Pinang [Penang].

The difference is, thus, two fold:

i) Regional: Southern versus northern Malay (compare the accent between New York and Texas).

ii) Prestige: the officially santioned Malay variety as the supra type in formal and official settings including the medium of instruction.

4. What’s with the reflection entry of the project in LAM1201?

Yes there are 2 entries for Malay Project:

A. narrative on the digital form

B. Reflection of using online platform e.g. web log, video, digital photos, comic strip, html links as source of writing and learning.

For example, you may reflect on what is the benefit of deriving learning online or digitally, if any? Write in Simple Malay 40-5o max.

Likewise, if there are any issues with such learning method please indicate.  This mode of writing is not narrative but expository based on facts and opinions.

Learners, thus, learn writing beyond story telling.

5. “We can use any photo (Taken or drawn) as long as we can portray a theme right?”

Yes any photo or visual representation that serves the purpose of providing you a Malay linguistic stimulation so much so that a narrative could be created.

Hope this will serve as an enriching site beyond lectures.

Feel free to comment on this blog!

Terima kasih



One thought on “Reflections on Queries from Lecture 1

  1. Hello. I woudl like to suggest that for the collins dictionary, you can buy it at popular!!! I recently bought mine. I think collins the best (green in colour) coz it contains malay words meanings in english and also, vice versa.

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