BM = Bahasa Malaysia = Bahasa Melayu.
No… I’m not here to debate the usage of Bahasa Malaysia or Bahasa Melayu in school subject. To me, they are both the same. Our national language. In short, I’ll just refer it as BM.
I used to have very good command of BM years back when I was in secondary school(more than 10 years back) but now… It’s quite rusty but the funny thing is that it can still be as good as it used to more than 10 years ago. My writing wasn’t good but speaking was good, even better than my English.
Nowadays, I can be very good in speaking BM if only when I’m in KL. If I’m in Kuching, my BM is pretty cacat.
I spoke fluent BM with no accent, similar to those Malay movies on TV when I was in KL. When I met a Malaysian stranger in KL, if I’m not sure what kind of language he/she used, I would automatically talk to him/her in BM but not here in Kuching.
In Kuching, it will be English automatically. I’m sure I’m not the only one that does this ;p During my previous KL trip, many taxi drivers were quite surprised that I’m from Sarawak, they said that I didn’t sound like one, they thought I’m local.
I remember that last time when I was in my first year college, my BM was still good since I had only left secondary school in less than two months, I went to a government department to ask about something, the officer actually asked me whether I’m from Semenanjung *LOL* I told him I’m pure breed Sarawakian, he was surprised, he told me my BM sounded very Semenanjung. Thanks to all those Malay dramas that I watched when I was young. Now? Hahaha… I just can’t open my mouth to speak in BM here, even if I did, it would sound extremely weird.
However, I have almost no clue of Bahasa Sarawak. Hehehe… I remembered I made a huge boo boo last time when a lady spoke to me in Bahasa Sarawak. She asked one thing, I answered another thing. She just said, “Oh…”, then left ;p I didn’t know until I left the place and my friends told me I gave the wrong respond earlier on hahaha…
How about you? How rusty is your BM now?