Monday, 28 February 2011

When to Use All and Every

Saturday, 26 February 2011

'I Am Number Four' Trailer 2 HD...number one was killed in Malaysia...

Where can I practice my English? Mana saya boleh practice English saya?

There are a few places that I can think of where you can practice your English without fear:
Ada beberapa tempat saya boleh fikirkan dimana anda boleh berlatih bahasa Inggeris:

1. McDonald's - I would like to have the number 1 set, please.
Saya mahu set nombor 1.

2. Starbucks - Can I have a cafe latte? (ka-fey la-tey), Can I have it without the whip cream please?
Boleh saya dapatkan kopi susu? Boleh saya dapatkan ia tanpa krim putar?

3. Any fast food chains or making orders online  - Do you have any promotion today?
Mana-mana kedai makanan segera atau ketika membuat tempahan online - Anda ada apa2 promosi hari ini?

4. Restaurants (I think kopitiam is still ok) - We like to place our order/ We are ready to order.
Kami mahu membuat tempahan./ Kami sedia untuk menempah.

5. At the bank - Hi, is this the correct form for...?
Hi,adakah ini borang yang betul untuk...?

6. Buying movie tickets, concerts - Do you still have tickets for I am Number Four?
Masih ada tiket lagi untuk I am Number Four?

7. Making room reservation at the hotel - Do you have a connecting room on the same floor?
Anda masih ada bilik bersambung di tingkat yang sama?

8. SHOPPING :D - Can I get this in a different colour? Is there a size 2?
Boleh saya dapatkan ini dalam warna lain? Ada tak dalam saiz 2?

and you can also practice with children! dan anda boleh berlatih dengan kanak2!

Places that you should avoid if you are a beginner. Tempat anda patut elak sekiranya anda baru bermula:

1. Hair salons are not the best place for you to practice your English
Salun gunting rambut
Salon= se-lon maksudnya sebuah ruang yang digunakan untuk perniagaan dsbgnya
Saloon = se-lun tempat minum arak, macam dalam cerita western mat salleh

2. Dentist, doctors, pharmacist
Doktor gigi, mana2 doktor, ahli farmasi

Good luck and keep on practicing!

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Difference between accept and except

Accept - menerima
I accept your offer.
Saya terima tawaran anda.

Except - kecuali
I love the hotel except for its restaurant.
Saya sukakan hotel tersebut kecuali restorannya.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

How to start a conversation with a stranger

Another request from E-one (thank you!) - asking how we should start talking to a stranger. One thing I know for sure is that when you first meet someone is to say...Macam mana kita nak mulakan perbualan dengan orang yang kita tidak kenal. Yang saya pasti ialah:

A:How are you?
B:I'm good. How about you?
A: I'm fine, thanks.
B: I'm Ali by the way.
A: I'm Ahmad.
and so on.

Most of the time this takes place at a wedding, party, public places, meeting new colleagues or people from different departments who you don't know and so forth. Selalunya perbualan kosong berlaku di majlis kahwin, kerayaan, tempat umum, kawan pejabat baru atau dari jabatan lain yang awak tidak kenal dan sebagainya.

Remember, the person who has taken the initiative to start the conversation also must know its direction. Do not touch on politics, religion and other personal questions. Ingat, orang yang mengambil inisiatif untuk memulakan perbualan juga mesti tahu arah perbualan tersebut. Jangan sentuh mengenai politik, agama dan soalan peribadi.

Here are topics you can talk on. Antara topik yang anda boleh bualkan:
Weather -cuaca
Food -makanan
Movies - cerita filem
Books -buku
Music - muzik
Hobbies - hobi
Sport - sukan
Fashion - fesyen

You also mentioned that your friend said it is impolite to ask someone where they are from. Personally, I don't think I will be offended if someone asked where I'm from (I'm from KL by the way, but I live in JB -see?:)). Just make sure that before you ask the question that the person you are asking is comfortable enough to share more detailed information with you about him or herself.

Tapi, mari tengok ayat yang exact you comment on "Where did you came from?" This is incorrect. Ini bunyinya macam awak tanya where did you come from? - awak baru datang dari mana? Kalau tanya macam ni memang foreigners rasa macam you busybody. Part ni jugak perlukan pemahaman grammar untuk susun ayat. Did dan came tak boleh digunakan dalam soalan yang sama.
Dari pemahaman saya, soalan yang E-One tanya ialah - awak asal dari mana?awak datang dari mana?
Jadi, kalau awak tanya soalan ni "Where did you came from?"  it should be:
Where are you from?
Where do you come from?
I'm sorry, can I ask if you are from Korea?

Monday, 21 February 2011

Have,has & had...how to use it? Macam mana nak guna have,has & had

Thank you E-one for your request.Mencabar ni nak explain, tapi saya akan jawab sesenang mungkin so that semua boleh ingat dan hafal cara untuk ingat guna have, has dan had ni...sebab with God's willing, there is an easy way to remember!

Ini cara paling sempoi untuk korang ingat. Untung siapa yang follow:D Lepas ni tak boleh kata confuse lagi, ok?

HAVE - present simple tense (ada)
Ingat ni...: cuma he,she saja yang perlu tukar
I have
He has
She has
They have 
We have

So, itu beza have dengan has.Tapi kalau ditukar ke negative form lain pulak jadinya. So, for now, just try to remember the rule I mentioned. Cuba ingat tip yang saya bagi tu ya.

Example:
I have a car.
He has a car.
She has a car.
They have a car.
We have a car.
Alfa Romeo 1961 Giulietta Spider

What is the past of have?
HAD - past simple tense
macam mana nak ingat had ni? Untung korang baca ni...ingat, tak payah tukar apa2. Semuanya sama!
I had a car.
He had a car.
She had a car.
They had a car.
We had a car.







Ok, here are some exercises.

1.I ______________ a cat.
2.She ____________ a house near the river.
3.They____________ breakfast at the mamak stall.
4.He _____________ a motorbike once.
5.We _____________ an English class later in the afternoon.
6.I _______________ a dream about an elephant last night.
7.We_____________ a great time in Penang.
8. She ____________ a very bad experience at the airport.
9. I ______________ an appointment with the dentist at two.
10. We ___________ a very nice dinner at Singgah Selalu.



Answers:
1.pɐɥ/ǝʌɐɥ
2.sɐɥ/pɐɥ
3.pɐɥ
4.pɐɥ
5.ǝʌɐɥ
6.pɐɥ
7.pɐɥ
8.pɐɥ
9.ǝʌɐɥ
10.pɐɥ

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Difference between lend and borrow (meminjam & pinjamkan)

Lend and borrow can easily be confused. Here are some tips to remind you on the difference. Ramai yang selalu confuse tentang 'lend' dan 'borrow'. Ini tips untuk mudah ingat bezanya:

Use the word lend when you are giving something to someone.
Guna lend bila anda berikan barang kepada seseorang.

Let me lend you my pencil.
Biar saya meminjamkan awak pensil saya.

Borrow is when you take from someone.
Borrow pula ialah bila anda ambil dari seseorang.

Can I borrow your pencil?
Boleh saya pinjam pensil awak?


Thursday, 17 February 2011

The notebook

Just want to share with you on my notebook...haaaa....inilah notebook yang penuh dengan grammar dan conversational English yang saya guna mengajar...online/offline...Notebook ni I guna so that I don't go off track! If you are learning, you will need a notebook too, to take down whatever you have learnt.


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

What is an adjective? (Kata sifat)

 What is an adjective? It describes or modify a person or thing in a sentence.
- a tall professor seorang profesor yang tinggi
- a six year old child seorang kanak-kanak berumur 6 tahun
- the unhappy old man orang tua yang tidak gembira itu
- the richest lady wanita terkaya itu

Ia selalunya digunakan sebelum noun, menambah maksud dan mencerita mengenai noun tersebut.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Small talk/Bual kosong

What is small talk? Small talk ialah bual kosong. Bila kita bual kosong? Mungkin bila kita hadir perkahwinan dan kena duduk sebelah orang yang kita tak kenal...kita kena mula bercakap. Jadi apa pula yang nak dicakapkan?
Ada macam2 topik, tapi topik yang lebih baik jangan diusik adalah yang berunsur politik,agama, perkauman.Cara paling senang:
1.Smile, introduce yourself and shake hands.
2.When you feel that you have nothing to say or can not engage further in the conversation, this probably means that you are feeling negative about yourself. Don't. This will only hinder you from conversing.
3. Understanding the secret of a good conversation. Find the interest of the person you are talking to,listen and talk less.
4. Ask open ended questions. Avoid questions that has yes and no answers.

Body languages you should observe (signs)
1. Scratching nose when talking - a sign of lying
2.Biting nail -nervous or worried about something
3.Folding arm - feel threaten and being defensive, but not necessarily
4.Leaning forward -interested
5. Lean back - relaxed and confident


Friday, 11 February 2011

Beza Verb dan Adverb

Verb = kata kerja
Adverb = kata keterangan

What is a verb?
A verb is an action word. It describes what a subject is doing. > menggambarkan apa yang dilakukan oleh subjek.
Example:
I run. I ran./Saya lari
They eat.  Dey it/Mereka makan
I am sick. I em sik/Saya sakit.

What is an adverb?
Adverb is used to describe a verb.It describes how, when, where or to what extend  the verb performs. >menerangkan dengan lebih mendalam apa yang dilakukan oleh verb( kata kerja)
I run fast. /Saya lari pantas
They eat their breakfast quickly./Mereka makan sarapan dengan cepat.
I am very sick. /Saya sangat sakit.

Note/nota: Macam mana nak tau ianya adverb?
Buat soalan sendiri:
How do I run? I run fast.
How do they eat their breakfast? They eat their breakfast quickly.
How sick am I? I am very sick.

Do you know who is the fastest runner in the world?
Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter and a three-time World and Olympic gold medalist. He is the world record and Olympic record holder in the 100 metres, the 200 metres and (along with his teammates) the 4 x 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World and Olympic champion in these three events. ( Sekaranglah. Kalau you baca benda ni nanti 2012 dah tak tahu siapa pulak).

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

How do you like your eggs? Jom breakfast!

Siapa yang suka makan telur, mesti macam2 cara telur di masak yang dia suka. So I thought today we'll talk about eggs...I'm having scramble eggs later:D

Sunny side up - (sunni said up)telur mata...bila dia serve, the eggs mesti dalam photo bawah ni.Dia cuma masak on one side.
 

Fried eggs- (fraid egz) telur goreng. Macam sunny side up, tapi tak kisah belah mana. Di masak betul2. Ada jugak yang panggil over hard, over medium.

Scramble, scrambled eggs...(skrembel egz) tak pasti apa dalam Bahasa Malaysia...
 
How I make my scramble eggs:
Butter, eggs, milk :) sometimes with cheese and oregano...yumm!

Poached eggs...(poh-chd egz) telur yang di pecah dalam air. putih telur masak elok, dan kuning telur lembut. Kat Malaysia rasanya jarang orang makan kot. Tapi restaurants mesti ada, I think.

Omelette...(om-let) telur dadar, tapi tak sama macam kita punya, because ours has chilies etc... and  sebab rasanya telur dadar kita is meant more for lunch /dinner ...I like my omelette with mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese.

half boiled egg...(haf boild eg) telur separuh masak

Egg benedict...(eg beh-ne-dik) nama dalam BM tak ada, sebab ni memang makanan orang barat. Apa benda egg benedict nih?
Basic egg benedict ada: English muffin, ham, eggs dan hollandaise sauce...kat The Apartment KLCC ada kot...tak pun Delicious Dua Residency Tun Razak, Dome confirm ada...sometimes I miss going back to my hometown:(

boiled egg...telur rebus


eggs over easy, cooked on both side, white egg is fully cooked and the yellow is kept runny....telur goreng...masak dua-dua belah. Putih telur masak elok dan kuning di biar kurang masak....

Monday, 7 February 2011

Got to go!

How to tell them you have to go?

I’m sorry, I have to go. Maaf, saya kena pergi.
Ai-m sorri, I hav tu go.

I have to make a move. Saya kena pergi.
I hav tu maek er muv.

I need to go off now. Saya kena pergi sekarang.
I nid tu go of nau.

I'll see you again. Saya jumpa awak lagi.
Ail c u ergayn.

I got to go. Saya kena pergi.
I got tu go.

I see you soon.Saya jumpa awak tak lama lagi.
I c u sun.



Sunday, 6 February 2011

How much money do you have?

How much is used for non countable noun or singular object
How much digunakan untuk noun yang tidak boleh dikira atau satu bentuk yang tidak dapat dihitung banyaknya. Seperti air,minyak dan lain-lain.
How much milk is left?
How much was the book?
How much money do you have?

How many is used for countable noun or plural
How many digunakan untuk noun yang boleh dikira. Seperti sebuah kereta, dua buah kereta.
How many pairs of shoes do you have?
How many times have you eaten there?
How many children are in the playground?


Contohnya clothes (baju). 

Clothes ialah gabungan berkataan dari bermacam-macam helaian pakaian seperti:
pants, shorts, t-shirts, shirts, skirts, blouse and so on.
Di sini clothes akan dikira sebagai uncountable noun. Jadi bila bertanya:
How much clothes did you buy?
Tetapi, kalau anda bertanya yang spesifik:
How many shirts did you buy?

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Torres: I wanted to leave Anfield last summer

Torres hopes to score against his former side on Sunday

Can't believe I am posting this up. I am not a big fan of football. I actually did like football when I was in school. The fact that I grew up during my childhood elsewhere would explain a lot why I like football, then. Upon returning back home, none of my girlfriends seems to like football, let alone play it. Since I was in an all girls school, I had no one to share my passion with.
Years passed by...and suddenly out of no where, there were a huge following of football from ladies in Malaysia. Where did they come from? I never knew any girls who actually liked football in my teens here. By then, a sudden rise of ladies playing futsal appeared, futsal movies came out, sports cafe and what not. As for me, I think 80% of the ladies who like football now in Malaysia, never actually love football in their teens, let alone wear football jerseys and play in a football field (mesti korang pernah tengok movie orang putih budak2 main bola). I honestly  find it a little superficial. I think all this following happened 10-14 years back when the internet was a huge thing and girls wanted to hang out more with guys, make themselves look cool, another reason to go out to hang out with their friends, coming home late etc. Note: I do believe some girls do love football for football. Ditto.
Now days, things are a little bit different. The younger (girls) generation will love football more caused by the exposure of their moms in the late 1990ties and early 2000...and they would actually know how to play football:)

Here's the article on Torres. Happy reading!
By Mark Fleming 2nd Feb 2011
His No 9 Liverpool shirt was burnt on the streets of Merseyside when he concluded his audacious transfer on Monday night, but that has not prevented Chelsea's new £50m signing Fernando Torres from stating boldly that he hopes he scores against his former club when he makes his debut for his new team on Sunday and that he wanted to leave as early as last summer.
Torres described it as "destiny" that his first match for Chelsea will be against the club he represented for three and a half seasons, and he is looking forward to further irritating those Liverpool fire-starters by scoring at Stamford Bridge.
"It is like destiny," Torres said. "It is not perfect for me but we will see what happens and I only have good words about Liverpool. They made me a top player and gave me the chance to play at the top level. I will never say anything bad about Liverpool. I have been very happy there, but now the history is different and I am playing for Chelsea. If I have the chance to play, I will do my best for Chelsea and, hopefully, I can score."
"I felt from last summer that I needed to do a step forward in my career and for my ambition as a footballer," Torres said. "I am joining a team that is at the top level. There is not another level after Chelsea.
Torres, 26, also made it clear that he had wanted to leave Liverpool last summer but was talked out of it, an admission that will not go down well at his former club, where there were suspicions he simply was not trying hard enough.
However, despite the promise of better days under new owners Fenway Sports Group and the caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish, Torres admitted that the time had come to move to Chelsea which, he said, represents a step up to another, higher, level.
"I am joining with big names like [John] Terry, [Frank] Lampard, [Didier] Drogba and [Nicolas] Anelka and I can be part of this great team. Also, I wanted to join because Chelsea always have shown a big respect for me. They really want me and it is important when you have the support of the people in the club, and the support of the fans who always showed respect to me when I came to Stamford Bridge. Now I am very happy to be a Chelsea player."
Torres has spoken in the past of feeling it is "as if you don't exist" and that you "are going backwards" if you are not competing in the Champions League. It appears he harbours the same ambition to win it as the Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, and manager, Carlo Ancelotti.
The closest Torres has come was when his Liverpool team lost in the semi-finals to Chelsea in 2008. "I have a very bad memory of the semi-final of the Champions League when they beat us," he said. "It was a frustrating day for me but, hopefully, now I am here we can go through to the final and win.
"The Champions League is a big ambition and all the footballers want to play in it. It is a very important competition. But also Chelsea have the chance every season to win all the trophies that they play for, so when you have the chance to play in a team like this, you cannot say no."
Chelsea also completed the £21.5m signing of Benfica defender David Luiz, with midfielder Nemanja Matic going the other way at the end of the season. Luiz said: "It is a major challenge but I am determined and confident in my ability to adapt to this excellent league."
The Chelsea chief executive, Ron Gourlay, dug into the cliché archive to to describe the feelings of AncelottiGourlay said.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

To keep mum...??

Simpan emak?Nooooo! To keep mum means to keep quiet over something, keep quiet.

The children kept mum when their father asked who spilled the drink.
Anak-anak itu semua senyap apa bila bapa mereka tanya siapa yang tumpahkan minuman itu.

Teringat cerita Mr.Bean, keeping mum.