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My English Is Rotten.

The first time I chat on the internet was with this American guy, in 1998. I was still in the university, and he said my English was even better than anyone he knew around him. That was high compliment, coming from a person from an English speaking country.

Then I got to know a few penpals, from Germany, Papua New Guinea and Canada. We exchanged letters (yes, that's what penpals do, this unfortunately extinct hobby) and we have no problem understanding each other because we use proper English in our correspondences.

I lost them all when emails became the next best thing....

I read excessively. Sometimes walking and reading at the same time. (I walked everywhere because my dad thought it would be dangerous for me, even to ride a bicycle in the city). I stopped reading books for fun in the national language since I was 14. To me, the description and expression in English seems far superior.... Or it was just me.

Anyway, I write BETTER than I speak. Nobody is quite willing to strike a full English conversation with me, to my regret. Even chatrooms nowadays are filled with short-handed words that will make any honourable English teacher cry. (Like today, I just learnt that NSFW means 'not suitable for work').

Oh, and I used to stutter when I was very young.

I feel like my grasp of the language is slowly slipping. I don't have much time to read properly now, and I really hope I can finish all the ebooks I downloaded recently. Being here, reading all your blogs helps a lot.

So sorry if my recent entries are without pictures. I am not sure how to add them using this iPad of mine....

13 comments:

Ms. A said...

I think your English is superb! You may have a better grasp on it than I do and English is my native language.

Tenchi Loh said...

Your English is more superior than mine....

As for blogging with Ipad, you can try this:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blogpress/id317799861?mt=8

You can get the "Jack Sparrow" version of its when you jail break your Ipad.

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Ms. A; Thank you ;)

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Tenchi; How to jailbreak?

Rock Chef said...

I also think that your English is excellent, I see far, FAR worse from people who were born here in the UK!

At some point I will have to get Skype set up at home - do you have that? Maybe we can talk on that from time to time as a bit of practice?

Ampivia Iezan Woods said...

rather than my english?

U heard when we talked in person kan?So Singlish,the Woods actually trying to cover up our Sabahan accent to be honest!

CiCi said...

You are a gutsy and determined young man and I admire those qualities in you. I think I know you well enough to see that you expect so much of yourself. Here you are teaching yourself to speak and write English and most people do not attempt another language at all.
Keep up the good work and enjoy the English language. And give yourself a gold star for effort and for the accomplishment.

dopdavid said...

your english has improved greatly since then! the flash clock on your page is awesome btw! following

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Rock Chef; thanks for the offer, but we may have nothing to say online to each other. I am also frightfully shy. It's true!

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Ampivia; no lah, we are simply a dude and a dudette speaking in manglish ma! Ha ha ha!

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Cici; i did my best, even by writing my teaching report in english, when the rest prefer to write in the local tongue. I am back to my reading habit! Read one and a half ebooks in three days! Yay!

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Dopdavid; since the? Do i know you sir? Thanks in return and i will follow your blog too :)

Fairul Faizal Ali said...

I found that your vocab is at least 80% better that any other guy I know at the same age of yours.

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