JIC – Nora from Malaysia
JIC: How did you come to JIC? how did you find out about JIC despite you living in Malaysia?
NORA: It’s because of my sister and also because of the agent, KC… yeah because she has said maybe I can try studying in JIC but she knows that I want to improve my English and she suggested me maybe I can try.
JIC: How long will you be staying here?
NORA: Two months.
JIC: Oh fantastic. This is your first month already.
NORA: Yeah very fast but maybe I will extend my study.
JIC: So what do you think of JIC so far?
NORA: JIC, it’s a good actually, a good school, English school.
NORA: Um maybe because of the teacher. Teacher here is always patient and also because sometimes you know I think my English is so terrible but they are very patient so…
JIC: Who are your teachers?
NORA: Teacher Sharon, Vanessa, Gina and Dainah
JIC: Alright. They very great teachers.
NORA: Yea! Very good. They are patient.
JIC: Is it difficult to learn English?
NORA: Yea for me. I have difficulty.
JIC: Which part?
JIC: Pronunciation hahaha actually not you most people regardless of the country you can be from India you can be from the Middle East or sometimes South America when you learn English um pronunciation can be difficult.
JIC: Because you were born in a different country the language is different. The language itself is not a simple piece of knowledge, so you don’t memorize it’s a skill so you need practice. Keep on practicing and don’t stop.
NORA: Yeah. Practice make perfect but it’s very difficult I think it needs a long time to change to correct.
JIC: Is English common in Malaysia?
NORA: It’s very common because this is our second language, yeah and maybe your first depends on your family some is Chinese some is Melayu.
JIC: And apparently nowadays do you have lots of friends?
NORA: Yea, mmm. Yeah.
JIC: Really? Which races usually are your friends nowadays? Cause you’re the only Malaysian.
NORA: Yea of course. Most I think is Korean and then second Japanese.
JIC: Is it difficult to communicate with them?
NORA: It’s okay because we talk in English. We are using English to communicate
JIC: Of course, no choice, right?
NORA: Yeah no choice. Of course, because I don’t know how to speak Korean and Japanese so this why we’re using English we talk together.
JIC: Fantastic. What did you do yesterday, two days ago was a holiday it was a three-day holiday, did you go somewhere?
NORA: Yeah. I went to San Juan.
JIC: You went surfing?
NORA: Yeah surfing.
JIC: Did you try?
NORA: I’ve tried, I succeeded.
JIC: Oh good. Congratulations. Is this your first time in the Philippines?
NORA: Yeah, my first time.
JIC: What do you think of the Philippines?
NORA: Very talented people in here, is very very hmmm how do you say that is very…
NORA: Friendly! Yea is very friendly and they uh yea is good. Is very hospitable and thoughtful.
JIC: Here in Baguio, it’s fun but not many activities, to be honest.
JIC: Yeah, because we want you to study.
NORA: Yea. It’s good, but it’s good because every day I will try study and then after that maybe do some exercise yeah… I will exercise, eat dinner, and study. That’s all.
JIC: Hmmm. Do you have any last messages for fellow Malaysians? Can you give me a message for future Malaysians?
NORA: Practice make perfect. You always need to practice practice practice and then like that in also the vocabulary also very important.
JIC: Hmmm. So you study vocabulary every night before?
NORA: Of course. Every day I try to memorize that word and then spell that word and sometimes I like combining sentences from a story.