“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.
BM World opened its Petaling Jaya franchise at A Brilliant Child Care Centre in December 2018 and classes will officially commence in April 2019. What makes the BM World tuition program stand out is their approach to learning Bahasa Melayu through play, games and activities.
In this age where parents are mostly focused on solidifying their child’s grasp on the English language or Mandarin, our national language has been forced to take a step back. Parents stress the importance of mastering English as it is widely used in tertiary education and eventually daily communication at work. Mandarin has also overtaken English to be the most spoken language in the world today.
But surely Bahasa Melayu is of equal importance as well?
As Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik puts it, learning a language should be made exciting and have elements of edutainment to keep students engaged. Yes, your child has to score in this subject in UPSR in order to avoid spending an extra year in removal class. He or she also needs to have a good command of Bahasa Melayu in order to get hold of the SPM cert.
But certs alone shouldn’t be the reason to master Bahasa Melayu.
And this is precisely why we became a franchisee of BM World. The program offers an innovative, contemporary and fun-filled teaching approach to learn Bahasa Melayu. Your child will learn in a holistic environment, which includes storytelling, performing in sketches and partaking in games. In return, it will help develop a child’s character and the ability to carry a proper conversation.
Multiple researchers have suggested play-based learning has had positive impacts on kids’ learning and development. Child development expert at Temple University, Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek states that children (or humans overall) learn best when they’re mentally active in a learning environment and engaged in meaningful social interactions.
This is not to say your child will only have fun at the centre; they will also have help with their schoolwork and our teachings will stay within the school syllabus. Because at A Brilliant Child Care Centre, we strongly believe in a balance of academics and having a childhood. And this also reiterates Dr Maszlee’s vision in that teaching and learning should involve happiness and love and it should not be a burden to schoolgoers and parents.
For further information on how we can help boost your child's Bahasa Melayu proficiency or register for enrollment, you can reach us here.
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Drop by with your kid(s) for a FREE placement test and learn more about BMWorld, the first specialized Bahasa Malaysia programme in the country.
Details as follows:
Date: 8 December 2018
Location: A Brilliant Child Care Centre,
7, Jln 6/10, Section 6,
46000, Petaling Jaya,
For further info, give us a call at 012-210 8297