Malaysia – Asia’s best in EF-EPI’s online English proficiency test

It was reported recently in the Economist magazine that, in an online English proficiency test conducted by EF Education First, the world’s largest private educational company, Malaysians scored the best amongst Asian nations.

In the test results, Malaysia actually ranked no. 9 worldwide, and that was good enough to make us Asia’s top performer. Malaysia is also the only Asian nation to have achieved “High Proficiency” level, with an EF-EPI score of 55.54. In the report, one of the reasons given for Malaysia’s high EPI score is that English language helps to overcome the language barrier between the different races in Malaysia.

It is best to let the report speak for itself:

“Malaysia, the highest proficiency country in Asia and the only high proficiency country outside Europe, is an excellent example of how English can be used to bridge linguistic divides between different communities within the same country. ……………….. In Malaysia, English is valued as a shared language across communities, not owned by any one of the three, as well as being an international medium of communication.”

How true. This is an achievement that all English speaking Malaysians can truly be proud of.

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Happy 2010!

I received this via email recently. Thought I’d share it here for the New Year:

LIFEBOOK 2010

Health:

  • 1. Drink plenty of water.
  • 2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
  • 3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  • 4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
  • 5. Make time for prayer.
  • 6. Play more games.
  • 7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
  • 8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  • 9. Sleep for 7 hours
  • 10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day —- and while you walk, smile.

Personality:

  • 11. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  • 12. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  • 13. Don’t over do ; keep your limits.
  • 14. Don’t take yourself so seriously ; no one else does.
  • 15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
  • 16. Dream more while you are awake.
  • 17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  • 18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
  • 19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
  • 20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  • 21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  • 22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  • 23. Smile and laugh more.
  • 24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Community:

  • 25. Call your family often.
  • 26. Each day give something good to others.
  • 27. Forgive everyone for everything.
  • 28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
  • 29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  • 30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  • 31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

  • 32. Do the right things.
  • 33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  • 34. GOD heals everything.
  • 35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  • 36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  • 37. The best is yet to come.
  • 38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
  • 39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last but not the least :

  • 40. Do forward this to everyone you care about.