Thursday, May 31, 2012 17 comments

Oh My English (1) - "at there"

It's been an extremely long time since I wrote my last post which was related to the teaching and learning of English. School holidays have given me privileges and a luxury of time to do a lot of (pending) projects. I've done marking the mid-year examination scripts. Praise to God. So, I think this is the best time to update my blog.

Yes. This is how I feel right now.

Recently, Astro has launched an educational sitcom titled ‘Oh My English!’. This programme aims to help Malaysians improve their spoken English. What will happen if we have poor English? Have a peek at the following video.

Have you ever get caught in a similar situation like in the video? Is it funny? Not really. 

This popular programme has inspired me to start my version of 'Oh My English' where I'll highlight the common mistakes that students normally make in essay writing. 

My students usually write like this:
There are many activities that we can do at there.

Can you spot the mistake? Bang on!
The phrase “at there” does not exist in English! It is a direct translation from Malay Language "di sana". I told my students that they have a weird disease if they keep using this phrase in writing although this mistake has been highlighted and corrected loads of times.

The following are the examples of the correct sentences:
  1. There are many activities that we can do there.
  2. There are many activities that we can do at the campsite.
  3. There are many activities that we can do in Genting Highlands.

Put a stop to this disease! Let's speak and write better English!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 4 comments

Happy Teacher's Day!

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.  ~Author Unknown