Facepalm kid

Oops…

Dear oh dear. I believe this is what the young ‘uns might refer to as an ‘epic fail’ – over a year without posting, and zero Malay learnt. Quite a lot of it forgotten, in fact, so if anything I’ve gone backwards. Not what I set out to achieve at all. I’m all for growth mindsets, but there comes a time when you’re better off … Continue reading Oops…

My #langmt

Shall I say it again? In order to arrive there, To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not, You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy. In order to arrive at what you do not know You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance. In order to possess what you do not possess You … Continue reading My #langmt

My Learning Behaviour

As well as Malay, I’ve taken up rock climbing since arriving in Malaysia, and if language schools taught climbing, I’d be in the beginner class for that too.  Since no one has yet founded a school that teaches Malay and climbing, I’m left to teach myself how to get from A to B in vertical fashion, but I’m not doing too badly.  My preferred method … Continue reading My Learning Behaviour

My Word Lists

Words are not instincts.  They must be learned. Daniel Everett, Language: The Cultural Tool Shortly after first arriving in Malaysia I found myself at Suria KLCC, the shopping centre at the base of the Petronas Towers, in search of some lunch.  I now know that it is the last place anybody with functioning tastebuds should look for food – the street fare just outside is … Continue reading My Word Lists

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My Mindset

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho It’s time to talk. After thirteen weeks the ‘I’m new here’ excuse is starting to wear thin, and I am beginning to understand why Schmidt described his silent period as “maddening”. It’s time I opened my mouth and said something, but there’s a problem: I’m afraid to. My only … Continue reading My Mindset