Done packing, done tidying up, done with the hectic journey to Kuantan. DONE.
"How's sem 2?"
So far everything is unpredictable. My classmates are unpredictable. My class's timetable is unpredictable and the bus's schedule is unpredictable. Or maybe it's just me, trying to find a way to familiarize myself with this new life. Kinda. Again. It almost felt like going back to Sem 1. New residential place, new class, new classmates and new timetable. But still the good old friends and people :) How challenging is it? My roommates are all in the same one class that differs than mine. 4B versus a C =.="
Unsheathing the sword of patience and focus for Sem 2. I wish it works as simple as this.
Not having even one roommate who is in a class with me is pretty challenging. Who would wake me up when I have early morning classes and they don't? I hope I won't miss the bus. Haha :P No (roommate.classmate) to ask about assignments or class schedule because I am obviously pretty forgetful and oblivious to things around me.If I am lucky enough, there will be IV about by the end of the week and I haven't done with reading. Great. I really hope things will go just fine because so far, I don't really like with how my mind is reacting to this. Assimilation. Huh. Please stay positive oh me.
So far, everything is just fine. I only need to get myself get used to this new environment. I got a feeling that though we have many things changed around here, this won't differ much from how it was. Just mundane. There's a good and bad side to everything right? I hope it's true. Let's just see how it will go. I know it's gonna be good. It has to be good. It better be. I'll get used to this just like I always did right? In the end of this semester, I will not have myself regretting for anything. I will try to pull this off. I will :)
Hello Semester Two. Please Be Nice To Me.
Last sem in Foundation, last sem here. I can only promise that I'll try. I still remember. I always am. Still keeping the promise, no matter what. This I promise you :)
One month back, having a one month sem break without friends to hangout with is totally boring! But now, just one more day to go back to Kuantan, I felt like I haven't had enough break yet. HAHA. And why is that so huh? But anyway, it is what it is. Sem 2 is here. What choice do I have? Can I have more break? Everybody's home, except Mr.A but I still wanna spend my holiday with them! This is just so not fair :( Why do I get sem break when people don't and why do they got sem break when I don't? Okay nia.ilemor, don't put a question mark on that though this is a parliamentary democracy nation. Let's go back to enjoyenjoy study mood >.<
Huchi huchi! me want rest more like maow maow >.<
Last night I skyped with Mr.A and I thought that his face looks like when Mr.Hamster eats kuacikuaci or veggieveggie or whatever it is and put them in his mouth making his cheeks looked full.
Mr.Hamster eats veggieveggie
He fired back, "Ewah ewah, sedap tehh oyak ko aku, aku kelih muko mung tuh koho bulat. HAHA" *use Google translate for better comprehension* Ouch. That kinda hurts =.=" Thank God you're my brother. Haishhh. Okay fine, I'll go pack my things now. Sorry Mr.A but I really think that your face looks like Mr.Hamster eats veggieveggie as in the picture. But no worries, you still look good :) (err, kalau tipu sikit takpe kan?) My oh my. See nia.ilemor? Mr.A is right. Look what has sem break did to you! I don't wanna have hamster's cheeks though it's very cute but one month is more than enough. Ouhh, tata TV, tata wireless connection, tata nice pretty morning view, tata refrigerator, tata washing machine. Tata titi tutu, I'll be missing you! Hye, it rhymes! :P Oh, it's already sem 2. Last sem for TESL foundation programme *sobsob* Hey, what's up with that sad mood? Okay, back on track, Hello Sem 2! :D
Having this camera is one of my biggest wish. Oh, I wonder when can I have one of these? >.< When I type MINE, then it's MINE, no share share. HAHA. This thing is not as cheap as cakelat kedberi you know. Well, not for me =.=" Ka ching ka ching $$$$ !
Canon EOS 60D
I'm not really a camera savvy person. I don't even know much about cameras but I do know this is the latest member in the Canon EOS family and it produces great pictures! I always wanted to learn the techniques on how to snap good pictures. Pictures that tell stories but maybe snapping me is enough. BWAHAHA. *Oh, perasan lagi :P I know it's not easy to be a good photographer and to produce good awesome amazing pictures but I would really want to give it a try. Of course it needs knowledge, skills and talent. The fact that I am a lazy homosapien doesn't help at all. I don't even have a good camera to begin with. But then, having a good camera is not enough, you need skills. Haihhsshh =.="
But you know, if you are really good in this, I mean really good, you can take photos for weddings. Oh, that sounds like me. Duh. I know people who are about my age and working as part time photographers during holiday. Can you hear the sound? Can you smell it?$$$$ Ka ching, ka ching $$$$. HAHA. Oh, of course money is not everything but everything needs money *eh, apa kaitan?* But anyway, when I was blogwalking, I found this blog about a photographer and I found a cute picture. I don't know why, but I think this froggie is super duper cute *serious! People, meet Mr.Brown Froggie :D Will I be able to have a chance to catch pictures as cute as this? >.<
Although it's a little bit late, but I guess it's better late than never. This is a sample question 1 of Muet and a sample answer.
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As you can see, the A is Analysis and S is Synthesis (as I pointed out in my last post) That is how we form the A and S structures. Kinda.It wrote there, safe intro. The student missed one thing, which is to conclude/analyse the graph generally. He should wrote for example : Generally... (and then make a general overview)
The mistake here is that, this student separate his analysis. If he put the comparison in a sentence, it would be synthesis. And also, he didn't point out his conclusion till the examiner took the last paragraph as content. To be on the safe side, just write, as a conclusion/to conclude etc. Write more synthesis for better marks. Compare the data in a sentence.
Generally, it is very hard to get band 6 for Question 1-Writing The Report. A band 6 essay would have to be one that have no mistakes at all. Flawless and perfect. Now that's Band 6 but it's not impossible ;) It turn out to be that many students didn't know that Question 1 is writing a report. It has always been like that. But I didn't know whether if the format would change. Question 2 is more like a usual essay.
One word to describe now: lethargy. Today has been pretty busy, went to miss A's house for a little hangout study group from about 11 till 2. Settled unsettled business and got home at about 3. Then, after 4 we had to get to madam S's house for our last meeting. Phew! Dropped by miss N's pizza house and when I got home, gotta go to my aunt's house. Ada eat-eat :P Then, now when I got home, quickly online and trying to get this post done. Okay, that's introduction. Haha XD
Cut the crap and let's get to the crux nia.ilemor!
Okay, Mr. Listening is pretty busy so we will only meet 'him' for about 30 minutes. 30 minutes. For Teslians, it is more like our TSL 021. Just slightly different. It has three parts.
Part One : (1-8) 8 questions, 8 marks.
Part Two : (9-14) 6 questions, 6 marks.
Part Three : (15-20) 6 questions, 6 marks.
*this info is based on MID MUET 2009 Paper. Don't rely on it since I don't know whether it has the possibility for any changes or not.
RULE NUMBER ONE: READ THE RUBRIC
Beware of these rubrics: for example, NOT MORE THAN THREE WORDS. Okay seriously this is like so important because once you break the rule, your answer is considered wrong at that very moment you write the answer more than it instructs you to. If the rubric says three, than three or less words than that it is and if the rubric says five, then five or less than that it is. The main point is, don't write your answer more than the rubric told you to. There's no such thing as half marks or whatsoever. See, Mr. Muet is soo jual mahal kan? =.="
Between the three parts, I would say Part 3 is a little bit harder. But don't worry, you can pull it off just fine if you listen well :) You know, for every single question, the examiner would have like more than 1 answer. Up to 8 answers maybe, depending on the question and you need not necessarily write the answer as exact as what you hear. For example, the speaker said:
"....at first we refuse to have the programme since it costs money and it is not a top priority..."
The question asks: The board was not keen on having the programme. What were the reasons?
What would you answer? Your answer could either be:
-It costs money (as exactly as you hear)
Maybe in a question, the speaker mentioned about amenities but it happens to be that you kinda not sure how to spell that right. You could use facilities. As long as your answer brings the same message, then that would be fine :) What happen when you spell it wrong? There's two possibility. It could be wrong OR it could be right. For example, the answer isMUET.
Case 1: you accidentally spelled MUTE.
Case 2: you accidentally spelled MUAT.
In case 1, it is wrong because the word MUTE bring another meaning in English. In case 2, the answer is right because the word MUAT has no meaning in English. Weird right? I know.
When you write your answer, be careful of your syntax. Yes, it matters. It doesn't really concentrate on grammar but your sentence have to MAKE SENSE. For example: Answer:Have candidates to reapply - the syntax somehow sounds wrong because of the word 'have'. The word getsound better. The word have kinda clash with the need of the question. You know, that kinda syntax.
Also, be careful of objective questions. tricky bad questions >.< There's this question where the option of answers are all right but you just have to choose the best. The same goes for reading. Well, kinda.
How Will The Exam Goes Like?
Of course, the audio will be repeated twice. For every part, it would be repeated twice. The first one is to answer the question and the second one is to check your answer. But sometimes, the audio is pretty fast that when you are still writing the answer for a question, it already mentions about the answer for the next question. No need to worry, just go on writing the answer, cover it up back on the second play of audio. If you're trying to catch up with both two, you might end up having incomplete answers so be careful. When you first get the paper, ONE MINUTE will be given for you to read the question. Then the audio will be played and then repeated once again. Then you would move on to Part 2 and then Part 3.
Personally, I think the listening part will be a little bit challenging. First because it is held in a biiiiiig hall, next to the hall is a buuuuusyyyy road. And the audio is sometimes confusing. I can only dig my ear and pray for everything to be alright. And also, to cover it up with other papers *shudder* Okay, I think that's all. Hope this helps, break a leg :D
p/s: this post is from seniors' experience and teachers' advice. Any changes is subjected to the current condition.
Howdy people! I am so sorry for the late update. Me myself have been searching for the right notes to share. Two days to go! *phew
Okay, basically for Question 1, which is the question with graphs/charts you don't really need *bahasa indah memukau jiwa* . Just straight to the point, report what you see in the question. Write it NOT MORE THAN 200 WORDS and YES, THIS IS IMPORTANT.
Essay Question 1
1. Spend about 5 minutes to read the graphs, charts, etc
2. Make sure you understand the question
3. Make sure you follow the lines on the graph
4. Focus on key information
5. If there is two graphs-compare
6. Think about the time period (tenses) - usually it is more to present perfect tense
7. Vary your vocabulary
8. Organize your info clearly
First thing to do when you read a graph is to read the tittle. Identify what the question really wants and don't forget, write a tittle :)
Answering Guide Overview (O) : Look at the key words in the question, tittle,axes and key. Key Features (A) : Highlight significant, accurate and relevant data. Trend / Changes : Precise vocabulary
Trends are changes or movements
They are normally expressed in numeric items, for example, population, production volumes, unemployment, etc.
Trends can be expressed using Nouns or Verbs
Example or use of Noun - There was a significant fall in unemployment levels...
Example of use of Verb - Unemployment levels fell...
Analysis (A) : Breakdown of data and analysis : you only interprets the data and analyse it w/out stating the data (the data here would be the number) Synthesis (S) : Make comparisons - identify relationship(s) in visual :you compare them and state the difference by stating their data Feeling confused? Don't worry. You will get the idea once you read a sample answer later :) Basically to get a good report, you need to get more S (Synthesis)than A (Analysis). I think, maybe 3/4 S is enough for band 5.
Now let's write a report!
1. Introduction Overview: Look at the key words in the question, tittle, axes and key. (i) Define what the visual is all about. E.g: use information from thetittle, axes, key. E.g : The graph shows/depicts/illustrates....(you may vary your vocabs)
2. Body: Interpret the visual (i) Key features - 6 modes of transport (ii) Analyse these features - Data and trend E.g : From a mere 5% in 1950, the percentage of travellers by car increased to 25% in 1975. The number rose further to a convincing 40% in 2000. This shows an upward trend in the popularity of the car as a mode of transport. (iii) Synthesis - Compare and link relationships E.g : While the percentage of travellers by cars increases, the percentage of those who walked dropped substantially throughout the years...
3. Conclusion Summarise visual to draw a relevant conclusion
Overview (O) : Look at the key words in the question, tittle, axes and key.
Key Features (A) : Highlight significant, accurate and relevant data.
Trend / Changes : Precise vocabulary
Analysis: Breakdown of data and trends
Synthesis: Make comparisons - identify relationship(s) in visual
Things to look out for - THE DONT'S
In this case, you may not ever write reasons for how the graph is. For example, if the graph bar for use of bus decrease from 1990 to 2000, DO NOT write things like :
Inaccurate interpretation of data
The chart shows an erratic behaviour... (padahal it decrease)
Travellers use cars because they are fast and time-consuming (memandai je bagi reason, jangan cik adik)
it is due to the increase use of car (ehh, mane tauu? hehe)
The purpose of investment different kinds of transport is shorten the distance between two places and poses comfort to everyone.(takde kena mengena in the first place lagi tetiba tup, ade je.)
That's all for now. Hope it helps. Maybe I'll give an example in the next post :) Feel free to ask if you have any question.
This entry is a piece of my undefined emotion. The story goes like this. Once upon a time... There was a beautiful princess... eh eh. My bad, fairytale time has ended.
Okay, this evening, I went over to the town to meet some of my friends. Just as we were about to leave, pushing the door and making our way out of the fast food restaurant, a young girl dressed in red kurung and dark scarf approached me and hold out what appears to be stickers of prayers. Oh not again... So, I said politely and sweetly to her,
"Maaf dik, akak takde duit". Saya cakap dengan sangat sopan dan manis okeh. Just as I turned around and was about to walk away, I heard she said,
"Maaf dik, akak takde duit." Did she just mocked me or I was hearing echoes of my own voice? No. It was her. I turned back to her and said,
"Excuse me?!?" Okay, now I'm annoyed. She then casted me a sardonic smile and looked away. Duh. Seriously, go learn some manners! Then I saw her friends coming over her and she was talking to them, laughing. Doesn't even looked guilty.
That was not the first time. I don't remember seeing them around before. They started to exist like a pervasive annoyance maybe since the end of last year. These kids, aged maybe from as early as 5/6 to maybe 13-16 usually walk in groups. They would have stickers/books of prayers with them and go around to people, kinda forcing them to buy it. Once you have them put one of the stickers in your hand, they're not taking it back and you had to pay. Believe me, they would make you pay. When you refused, they would like get angry and said bad things about you. Duh. But so far I managed to escape that just nice. I would usually will just ignore them as adviced by mavericks. It's not that I don't want to help but please, want people to respect you? Have some respect for them first! Even the matter of love can't be forced, let alone the matter of selling goods. *eh, ade kaitan ke? :P
Mr Annoying Orange annoys better :P
Once, when I went to the same restaurant with my bestie, they were at the front door. Like always, when we refused, they mumbled. When we got in there, there was this boy aged about 5-7 maybe, approached us and like forcing us to buy books. Religious books. Even if you intended to help these people in the first place, you would feel like so annoyed by the way they approach you and then most probably decided just to ignore them. That was what we did. Then he left. That was what I thought. Boy oh boy, how I wish I had a sense of foreboding of a threat that was coming. After ordering and about to take our order upstairs, tadaaa! He's there, at the stairs. My friend was carrying our meal in a tray and I was following her.
Well, what do you know, the boy was blocking my way and was like forcing me to buy a book. Not realizing what happened, my friend kept on climbing the stairs. He hold out a book and put it in my hand. Okay, ini sudah agak tidak sopan ya adik kecil. Kan kita bukan muhrim? Eh, dia budak lagi lah =.=" So, there was this handrail and I put the book there and it slided down back to him. I think I heard him said things. Bad one >.< Guess what he did then? When I was about to walk away, he pulled my kain baju kurung. Ahh, what the? Okay, this is way too much. I was like, "Eh, eh...apa ni?" Of course, saya respon dgn sopan tapi dgn nada yg sedikit meninggi. *cough again* Then when there was other people coming, he let me go and ran. Good for him. I didn't know what would I do if I lost my patience. That was like the most rude thing that a beggar stranger ever did to me.
I don't mind to help you with a few ringgit notes if you really are in need. I don't mind. Not at all. I do realize that human are being born to live different life and I am always grateful to live mine although it may not be as perfect as others. For that, I don't mind to help as much as I can if you really need one. But hey, you dressed just nicely, and one of my friends saw you having lunch at fine stalls, you run and laugh just fine with your 'happy friends' and maybe you didn't realize that but you do have a great skill of mocking people. Yes, that's a compliment. I can see that you are in a great state of health. And if you really do want people to help you buy that stickers, do it with manners. Showing some respect to other people won't hurt you, it would do you a favour. It's not that I'm being tangkai jering, it's not that I am being snobbish or what but please, respect and behave.
But anyway, back to the story. My friends kinda noticed that and asked what was wrong and I told them about the girl. I was kinda taken aback by what she did you know. Then miss T told us, she'd been there. She responded to the girl by telling her that she didn't have any money and the girl was like,
"Eh, takkan keluar tak bawak duit." Or like the other day when one of them mocked her too, "Eleh, takde duit" But of course, she said it in a low voice. 'Low' enough for her to hear it. The way miss T told the story was kinda sarcastic. Then we found that kinda funny and laughed. Haha. Mr I said that maybe they're not from here. They don't look like local people and they talked in a weird accent. From China maybe.
I don't know and I'm not even interested to know. What I know is that if she do that again, hah, I'm not going to be so nice. HUAHUAHUA *gelakjahatcantikmanis. Takdelah, mana sopan jahat balas jahat kan? :P Okeh, that's all. I'm not really angry actually. Agak bengang cuma. Kalau mudah marah-marah nanti cepat tua, eh? This post is not condemning them. It's just an experience to share. And I don't like the fact that they were selling religious books/stickers with such behaviour. That's just wrong. *gigitcadbury* Renung-renungkan dan selamat beramal :D
foot.note.to.me: Aih, just writing this post had me fumbling for words, what do you do for the upcoming muet miss nia.ilemor?