A.K.U.G.U.R.U. actually means 'I am a Teacher' (Aku guru in Bahasa Malaysia). It contains all the items related to my profession as a secondary school English teacher which includes my English lessons, my interests, my passion for Liverpool FC, and also my family affairs. Hope you enjoy your reading!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Proverbs and Sayings Equivalent of Malay Peribahasa

A student must include idioms, proverbs or sayings in their essay if they want to get high marks. However, Malay students tend to know more of the Malay peribahasa than its English equivalent. I list here several English proverbs which I think give the nearest meaning for the Malay peribahasa..

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush – yang dikejar tak dapat, yang dikendong berciciran
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth – hutang darah dibayar darah, hutang nyawa, nyawa padahnya
Better to be safe than sorry – Biar lambat asal selamat
Between the devil and the deep blue sea – ditelan mati emak, diluah mati bapak
Blood is thicker than water – air dicincang tak akan putus
Cut your coat according to your cloth – ukur baju di badan sendiri
Diamond cuts diamond – bertemu buku dengan ruas
Don’t judge a book by its cover – air yang tenang jangan disangka tiada buaya
Empty vessels make the most noise – tong yang kosonglah yang selalu berkocak
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me – takkan pisang berbuah dua kali
Give someone an inch and they will take a mile (yard) – beri betis hendakkan paha
In for a penny, in for a pound – sedikit-sedikit lama-lama jadi bukit
It never rains but it pours – sudah jatuh ditimpa tangga
It’s no use crying over spilt milk – sudah terhantuk, baru terngadah
Kill two birds with one stone – sambil menyelam minum air
Like father, like son – bapa borek, anak rintik
Many hands make light work – ringan sama dijinjing, berat sama dipikul
No garden without weeds - bumi mana tidak ditimpa hujan
No pain no gain - kalau tak dipecahkan ruyung, manakan dapat sagunya
No retreat, no surrender - biar putih tulang, jangan putih mata
Practice makes perfect – alah bisa tegal biasa
Time is money – masa itu emas
Where there is a will, there is a way – di mana ada kemahuan, di situ ada jalan

Feel free to add some more in the comments below for our students' sake. You may also comment if those given above are inaccurate.


Monday, October 07, 2013

A Teacher Entering A Classroom...

I encourage my students to be creative, and to put in emotions into their essay, especially if they write a story. Last week, I held a competition to test their creativity. They were to rewrite this situation 'A teacher entering a classroom..' The winner of the competition put a very creative work indeed (although his grammar was not good enough).

During the exchange of teachers for today’s third lesson, every student’s face in the class was pale. Nobody was laughing or joking like they always did. Everybody was sitting idly at his or her own table, vigorously finishing their uncompleted homework. Some of them were sweating while the others were sitting uneasily on their chairs. The class was very quite like a creepy graveyard.
          Suddenly, they heard the dreaded footsteps, edging closer towards the class door. Everybody became even more scared. Not one of them dared to even look at whoever might be arriving at the door.
          Moments later, the footsteps stopped. Everybody slowly looked up. There stood an unfamiliar face, and it was not the face of whom they had all been thinking about. The class suddenly burst into laughter when they found out that the person standing at the door was not their Additional Mathematic teacher but a relief teacher instead. Some of the students shed their tears happily as though a big burden has been lifted from their shoulders.

Written by: Mohamad Izulhaikal bin Mustaffa (5 Arif) 


Thursday, October 03, 2013

Another Teacher MUST DO Which Starts With the Word 'System'

Today I've finished another obligation for millennial teachers - an interactive examination on ICT terms and knowledge. It is called 'Sistem Analisa Kompetensi' (SAK?). It is a collection of 30 questions on ICT terms and knowledge which must be answered in 40 minutes. After 4 unwanted log-outs throughout the ordeal, I finally managed to finish it in only 20 minutes of the allocated time.

Teachers must log into the website using their IC numbers. They will then be taken into the regulation page. After reading all the rules and regulation carefully, they may start by clicking the button 'MULA'. 

Teachers must answer each question before proceeding to the next. In case of involuntary log-out happening, they should only close the browser and restart it again. After the second log in, they will continue at the time of when they are accidentally logged out. So, there are no worries about time running out before they finish answering. 

After finishing all the questions, a page appear with the word 'TAHNIAH' written on it. This means that you have completed the task successfully and may continue to real teaching work after that.

Do enjoy trying it out. Me and my friends sure did. We actually copied the answers for others' convenience. This is a list of MY answers, according to the name of the characters used in the situational based questions:

Abbas – D
Adam – A
Amy – D
Ann – A
Anna – C
Azealia – B
Basri – A
Chong – A
Daniala – A
Daud – C
Devan – C
Elisabeth –C
Gopal – B
Ibrahim – A
Ishak – D
Jasvir – C
Jenny – A
Jerry – C
Kate – C
Katrina – B
Kavitha – A
Kenjna – D
Kumar – A
Lily – D
Lim – A
Marco - B
Mazitah – C
Micheal – C
Ming Lee – B
Nathan – D
Nesya – D
Ng – A
Patricia – A
Raman – C
Saffiya – C
Sahzil – B
Sara – C
Selva – B
Sharifuddin – A
Shukri – D
Soraya – C
Sulaiman – B
Susan – A
Thomas – C
Tom – B
Vijayen – A
Wahid – A
Zahid – B
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