Improving my English

Yeah, that is what my supervisor had told me just this afternoon. He said that most of his students, master or Ph.D, can’t write well in English. He is concern about it. He advised me to start improving my English. Well, I’ll try Dr.

Now I try to write from Manglish to English. It just sometimes I get confused between the present and past tense. In Malay, it will more easier as there is no word change in present or past tense. This also the same with Mandarin.

Then I understand how can I improve my writing and understanding better of English. First of all, I must read a lot. It doesn’t matter whether it is English or Malay reading materials as long as it improved my knowledge.

Then I need to write more. By writing I will eventually know what I’m lack of. I can compare my writing with any quality articles I read. Of course I need to compare it with the language I read. If I write Malay, then I compare it with Malay. If I write English, I compare it with English. It is as simple as that.

Then I too need to start analysis the situation around me. I need to start reading newspapers. For this, I choose to read English newspapers only. I hate to read Utusan Melayu. Too much propaganda. Most of them are useless for my mind to know about. Boo for them.

Maybe I can read the Star and News Straits Times, if I have time to read both. Then I need to prepare a notebook special for this. Oh, I do have one notebook special for this. I better use it rather than left it there in the cabinet.

With that, I can also practice my mind mapping skill. There is no fast skills to learn than practicing it as what people always said, practice makes perfect.

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Necessity is the mother of invention

 

Now I have a very difficult problem. Where the heck I can funding for my study? My parents do offer to fund me but I have dignity in it. It really make my head spinning around. One of it is for me to write and send it to dewan magazine. But I afraid of what should I write.

Aha! I know. I go to library everyday and read about news in Malaysia to get ideas what to write. Then I use this to write articles. I can interview some lecturers to support my fact and to make my articles look interesting. Convocation is around the corner. Maybe I can write some about it and send to magazine who need my writing.

Alhamdulillah. I don’t know why but when I write, I just got the ideas. Maybe to produce more ideas I need to write and keep writing. That is how my brain work I guest. Reading can be part of my supplement. I can say input. But more important than that is I keep on writing to sharpen my writing skills.

There is no easy way to write good article by not writing at all.

Back to my problem. My supervisor had told me to further my master next semester because he has no grand to give at me. Owh. I didn’t listened and still continued it this semester. And that is what I got for today.

Looks like the necessity for me to get money accelerate my writing, I guest. I need to read and think critical then. I need to find more good articles and keep writing. I need to get rid of that afraid feeling that my articles will be rejected. I wouldn’t know until I write it down.

I need to plan it and start it within this week. Wish me luck.

Writing as part of me

I love to write. If I have all the time I had, I will write everything I had gone through in my life. There are a lot for me to tell to the world what I had gone through, yet I don’t know how to tell it very well.

Yup. I know. Writing is a tedious work. One must isolate himself from the world beyond him just to write perfectly. I wonder how can I isolate myself then? I love to hang around with my friends. But later I felt lonely. I don’t why. But I just felt it.

It was like yesterday. I met and hang around with my friends. Then I felt lonely. Oh why that happen to me? Maybe I don’t give any courage to myself to say that I’m capable of doing anything as long as I think I can. Maybe I should rethink about my life.

I sometimes want to think about my life. It just while thinking about that it doesn’t bring me anywhere. I can complain a lot about that. Then will it worth for me to think about it again and again?

Maybe it is true if you want something you need to string it by writing it on a paper. That, I forgot to write my dreams and hopes on a paper today. But hey! Better late than never.

I just need to find more and read more as reading and writing harmonise each other. I need to do it fast as my time in my life aren’t that many.

I too need to set my long term goal. I can’t just sit here and say I will do that but never look far 10 years from now. That will be just a waste for me right?

I can say again, writing is part of me…