Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Lulu Grammar Exercises for Reporters From Malaysia's Leading English Newspaper

Lulu had the privilege of having dinner with 2 writers, an activist and a walking trivia-ist [not trivial-ist, maybe a trivia-list but NOT a trivial-ist... erh, is Lulu confusing you?] last Sunday.
One of the writers was lamenting about the quality of English used by the reporters from Malaysia's leading English newspaper.
[At this point, Lulu needs to just tell her readers that she "studied" English up to Form 5 only. Lulu's a mad Math grad, not an English nor TESL graduate. But Lulu, kind hearted 'lu, sweet-sweet 'lu, thought that she should do her leetle (to rhyme with beetle) bit to help them improve their English.]

Back when Lulu was in school, back in those days when Big, Blue Marble was on TV, slightly after the days when dinosaurs walked the earth,
this used to be a regular feature in our English exercises.
We were supposed to pick the right whatever [Lulu forgot what the technical term is] to make up sentences.
eg
1. I like to play badminton.
2. He likes to play badminton.
3. She likes to play badminton.
4. They like to play badminton.

so, basing on a report from the Star today, and from Lulu's research via Malaysiakini, Lulu's constructed her own table to help reporters from Malaysia's leading English newspaper with their grammar. hey ...This is kinda like a newspaper in education thingy.
AND the exercise is, of course, not just limited to them.
You could share it with your kids at home too. Of course, as the parent, you would need to help and guide them where necessary.

For those of you who want to do the exercise, but have no one to help check if your sentences are correct or not, feel free to mail them to whatalulu@gmail.com. Lulu will help go through them with you in due time.

HIDUP MALAYSIA TANAH AIR KU!

6 comments:

Shawn Tan said...

hehe.. shouldn't it be: "shortly" after the days when dinosaurs walked the earth??

KTemoc said...

nice lesson, teacher

Josh said...

Lulu should quit current job and become a teacher to the 'monkeys' in our government.

the team said...

we knewed it , u is a Engrand professional !
how right u ARE !( just look at the new news MM which we has throwned into or is it inside the trashedbins or is it been thrashed ah ?

ghostline said...

lulu left one box out in the second-last column: "IT"

:D

Anonymous said...

Ahh yes, dinasaur english....reminded me of a satire...an old rich man returning to Hong Kong. Asked by relatives, how he made his money in the Golden Hill Land (America), the old man answered with pride, "ohh...no pig (big) bisness (business), just sealing (selling) see-put." Relatives were confused, some shocked hearing the word, "see-put", which sounded like backside as in Cantonese. 'Yes, you no know see-put." The ah-ma-li-kans (Americans)love it." Yes, "sea-food" when spoken can mean something else.