Cafe language worksheet: Malaysian English

This video is part of our Active Ears series to understand different accents from around the world.

Step 1

  • Download the lesson worksheet here.

Step 2

  • Watch The Ming Thing’s video set in a cafe in Malaysia:

Step 3

  • Watch our ‘active ears’ video about Malaysian English and download the answer key here. I will give you my answer to the discussion question and you will learn about the pronunciation features you might hear if you communicate with a Malaysian speaker of English.

(Remember: different does not mean better or worse! At My English Voice, we believe that communication is a ‘two-way’ process – that means, the listener is also responsible for making communication successful. The video might be useful for Malaysian speakers of English but it is mainly aimed at listeners, to prepare people to hear different accents around the world.)

Step 4

  • Answer the discussion question. Type your answer into the comments section below. The question is:

Do you do the same as the people in the video? / Do you know anyone who does the same things as the people in the video?

Thanks for watching!

Katy

Ps. The videos are for learners of English, but teachers are welcome to use these in their classroom too. Please note that phonemic script is not used in the videos, as this series is designed to be as accessible as possible. The research referred to in the video is Jenkins’ Lingua Franca Core. See references below.

References:

Jenkins, J. (2000). The phonology of English as an International Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Swan, M. and Smith, B. (2001). Learner English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Walker, R. (2010). Teaching the pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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