Dum dum dummmm. This is what happened to my Facebook notification bar in 10 hours!
I had a group presentation today, and at the end of it, my tutor complimented three out of the four (2 of us were from Malaysia and the other from China) of us for giving a good presentation that was not in our native language.
So this prompted me to check what “native language” actually meant, because even though I’ve been telling people that Mandarin is my mothertongue, it didn’t feel quite right, because I generally speak English more fluently than Mandarin. And it’s just weird (although not impossible) if you speak your second language better than your first language.
And this is what I found on Wikipedia -
A first language (also native language, mother tongue, arterial language, or L1) is the language(s):
1. a person has learned from birth or within the critical period
2. that a person speaks the best and so is often the basis for sociolinguistic identity.
3. the language of one’s ethnic group rather than one’s first language.
Sometimes, there can be more than one native or mother tongue, (for example, when the child’s parents speak different languages). Those children are usually called bilingual.
So basically there’re different ways you can define native language, and it also depends on how you want to see it. SO YES, HAH! Mandarin and English are my native languages, because I definitely grew up in a multilingual society, and have been speaking both languages everyday in my life as far as I can remember, and I am generally fluent in both of them. As for Malay, I wouldn’t really consider that as my native language, even though it is Malaysia’s national language, because I’ve never used it that often.
So that matter’s settled. The thing now is that my tutor probably shouldn’t have assumed that English wasn’t our native language…I’ve actually gotten that quite a bit here; people telling me that I speak really good English. I usually take that as a compliment, because I feel like my level of English is not as good as it could be, so I guess all’s cool. With me anyway!
OK I take it back. I’d rather wait for warranty than pay for my phone to fix. Unfortunately, at this hour, I am left with no choice.
OK I am pretty disappointed with the service system in repairing my phone. They promised that my phone would be fixed and sent back within 10 to 15 working days, and on the 12th working day, aka yesterday, they sent me a text at 5.07pm (yes I’m being specific) telling me that it was URGENT and that I should call their customer service line otherwise my phone might get sent back without being repaired. What! WHAT. WHAT.
Does this mean my phone is still in the service centre in Sydney?! I’ve been daydreaming about my phone being shipped back and receiving that glorious text asking me to come pick up my phone and me rushing to the City to pick my phone up and using it again, and now you tell me it might get sent back unrepaired?! #POTONGSTIM If this is what warranty is like then I think I’d kinda rather pay to have my phone fixed instead.
Also, when I called them yesterday after they sent the text, it was already after business hours -.- And when I called this morning at 10, the phone rang for a good 7 minutes and no one picked up!
Getting kinda peeved.
Yet another awesome event that I had a chance to participate in. SPRINGFLARE 2013! Springflare is basically this event that imitates/is inspired by India’s Colourfest. You buy packets of coloured flour, and you throw it at people. I don’t think even pictures can do justice to the amount of fun we all had, but nevertheless, here they are! :)
All the photobombs and the squeezing of people all belonged to this one day where everyone felt really photogenic and flocked to the front of the camera like moths to a flame. My camera ended up getting extremely powdery, but it was so worth bringing it in with me, and I was really lucky that the coloured flour was easily cleaned off.
Of course, after the event I was hugely tempted to hug anyone and everyone, especially those who just took a shower :P
1. Do laundry
2. Finish Pride and Prejudice assignment
3. Finish reading A Visit from the Goon Squad
4. Finish reading The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, Musee des Beaux Arts, Morse, Corniche and Warming Her Pearls.
5. Go for Dancefest practice (maybe).