Here are a few questions raised by students this week:
1. What is the difference between lebih and lebih banyak?
Lebih is more whereas lebih banyak is more (many/much)
Lebih can go with any quality (adjective)
Lebih banyak has a narrow scope taking noun
1a. Buah durian lebih besar/sedap daripada buah epal.
1b. Kedai ini ada lebih banyak beg/baju daripada kedai itu.
2. What is the difference between ketika and apabila?
Ketika = during [when] whereas apabila = when
Ketika invokes a time span whereas apabila synchronizes two actions/states
2a. Ketika saya kecil saya suka makan nasi goreng
During the time [when] I was young, I like to eat fried rice
2b. Apabila badan saya sihat, saya rasa gembira
When my body is healthy, I feel happy
3. What is the difference between sampai and tiba?
Sampai = travel + arrival
tiba = arrival
3a. Mereka berjalan sampai ke Jurong [They walk until [they] arrive at Jurong]
3b. Mereka tiba di Jurong semalam [They arrive in Jurong yesterday]
4. How do we say credits in Malay?
harga = price > penghargaan = appreciation > credits
5. TA1 Students invoked a series of cats to be named in Malay:
tiger = harimau
lion = singa
leopard = harimau bintang
panther = harimau kumbang
cheetah = citah
Jaguar = jaguar
It is hard to name all the big cats just like Westerners would have problems naming all the monkeys in the tropical jungle: monyet, siamang, lotong, orang utan, konkang, kera, beruk, etc. And interestingly, then, how did we figure out the dance moves of the big cat native to Africa? Lion dance anybody?