“My son is currently in government secondary school. His Bahasa Melayu is not as good as we thought it’ll be; I wish he had a stronger foundation during his primary years”
“My girl missed school for a few months due to her hospitalization and she’s unable to catch up in class, especially Bahasa Melayu”
“I came across some Chinese school students who couldn’t give simple directions in Bahasa Melayu to an Indian fellow”
“Isn’t English and Mandarin more important than Bahasa Melayu? It’s only important here and not elsewhere”
These are some of the reasons we have heard from parents sharing online and in real life.
And its true Bahasa Melayu isn’t spoken widely except here, but isn’t that the point anyway? If you’re living in Malaysia, shouldn’t you be able to carry the tune of our national language? If you’re on vacation in someplace foreign, wouldn’t you expect them to know their nation’s mother tongue too?
Nelson Mandela once said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Imagine if you’re vacationing or studying abroad and you meet a Malaysian, isn’t it nice to be able to have a common language to speak?
Whilst Bahasa Melayu may not be the most important nor the most widely spoken language in the world today, it nonetheless remains our one and only national language. Bahasa Jiwa Bangsa, they say. It’s part of the nation’s identity.
Thus, it’s our duty as Malaysians to speak proper Bahasa Melayu.
We all believe we have a good grasp on Bahasa Melayu; take a short quiz below to see if we really can distinguish the right and incorrect spellings below:
Istirehat or Istirahat?
Rambut keriting or Rambut kerinting?
Komisyen or Komisen?
Losyen or Losen?
Bravo to you if you managed to differentiate the words above; but some had to refer to dictionaries or Google Translate.
What more your kids?
As a franchise of BM World, we want to help your kids master our national language in terms of speech and writing. They need it to converse with friends, purchase food and groceries, read, craft essays and more.
Unlike traditional tuition classes, our qualified teachers will conduct lessons through presentations, games, dramas and storytelling in Bahasa Melayu; which teaches kids not just the language but develop their public speaking, character and confidence level at the same time.
It’s also important to redefine the way we teach our kids today. After a long day at school, we want them to continue learning but this time, in an interactive way. They get to have fun and learn concurrently.
Come over for a visit and have your kid sit for a placement test. From it we’ll get to know their proficiency level and therefore enable the teachers to craft a proper study plan for them.
You can learn more about BM World here.