Friday, November 16, 2012

English town #1

What Never to Say in English!

You've put on weight.
Avoid pointing out that someone is fat or making any comments about weight, unless you're trying to be rude. This is often a sensitive issue, and remarks such as "You're getting fat" are incredibly insulting.
Oh you're pregnant!
Unless it's really obvious, make it a point not to bring this up. If you happen to be mistaken, you have managed to let out a big insult(hina). See above.
Is this your daughter?
Well, what if she happens to be his girlfriend? Avoid assuming relationships and instead wait to be introduced, or be bold(berani) and introduce yourself.
Your sister is so much prettier than you.
While this may seem like a harmless(x bahaya) comment in some cultures, it can hurt the feelings of the person you're talking to. Instead, leave out the comparisons and just mention that their sister is pretty.
How much money do you make?
While this isn't insulting, it's too personal and can leave someone in an awkward position. It's not customary(adat) in many places to talk about money or salary.
You look sick.
Said bluntly, this can definitely be insulting. If someone really does look like they're not feeling well, you can ask, "Are you feeling ok?"
How old are you?
Age is a sensitive issue for many, and quite a few people are unwilling to reveal theirs. Stay away from asking this question – unless you're chatting with a 6-year-old. They're always happy to share their age!

The overall message is don't get too personal or be too negative. In social situations, and even all the time, it's wise to follow the instructions of a popular English proverb: "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."

p/s: yg ade mkna bm dlm ( ) tu aku yg letak..aku tak terror bi dohh..kene letak makna sebagai ingatan aku yang tak berapa kuat daya ingatan ni..aku tak tau nape aku bengap sangat blaja english..

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