Merry had one of these way ahead of me -- mommy's network at school. Now that Mira's in primary school, I have a bunch of them myself. Other than as a point to check about school happenings and homework, we look out for each others kids.
While chatting with them yesterday morning over gimrama class, I discovered a few amusing things about Mira.
One of her classmate's mom works nearby the school, so she frequently come over to check on her daughter after school. Sometimes she'll bring over lunch as well. One day last week she offered Mira to join them as I was late. She asked in Malay if Mira would like to have some food but boleh tak her kid told the mom that 'Mira ni cakap English je, ibu. Ibu kena cakap English dengan dia.' -_-"
And then another of her classmate's mom, a tiny girl that reminded me of Daria from the moment I saw her (her name memang starts with D pun) and I shall call her that in here from now on, chipped in 'Oh, ni la mak Mira yang Daria cerita cakap English je tu.'
I always assumed that was the main reason no one wanted to befriend her in that other school she went to for pre-school the first six months of last year. Apparently, it's true wtf.
The thing is kan, it's not like she converse really well in English. Basically, she doesn't really converse in any language well at all. Tak lah petah mana pun compared to her peers. Dah la masih pelat and she can't pronounce 'R' well. Somehow, she prefers to use English when communicating, and when she tries to speak in Malay bunyi dia agak kelakar. Susun atur ayat pun lintang pukang. You need to really know where she's coming from to understand her. Her ayah can hardly pick up what she's saying, but he's picking up on it after spending two weeks at home with her.
I'm trying to fix this. This worries me, and yes, as pointed out by one of the mom that it is good how she can speak English, I'd rather her be able to speak well in both language. That's the point isn't it? Of being able to speak more than one language -- that you have good command of both.
Anyway. When Daria told her mom about Mira, so the mom asked her if that bothers her. She said no because Mira is her friend and she speaks English with Mira, too. She also told her mom how there was this one day the class teacher was called to attend a meeting and asked the class monitor to look after the class. But the class monitor's a rather soft spoken girl, hence these two girls helped her in maintaining silence and order... by being loud themselves.
One will shout 'keep quiet!' whilst the other will say 'senyap la!'. LOL.