Early in 2015 I lead some workshops on English for public speaking. In most cases, the participants were attending because they had to; not, necessarily because they wanted to. There was a lot of useful content for those who were interested, but the thing that stands out in my memory was the colleague who came on board during the second workshop to demonstrate the value of PowerPoint for public speakers – without using … er … PowerPoint. It was pretty hilarious in a tragic kind of way.
So while I was having a good old laugh at my colleague’s omission recently, I realised that my workshop activities were also missing something important.
Is it OK to use Manglish at English language events in Malaysia? Can or not? As they say.