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Title Manglish: Malaysian English at its wackiest!  
ISBN 9789814841429
Imprint Marshall Cavendish Editions
Lee Su Kim & Stephen J. Hall, Cartoons by Zunar
Specifications 130mm x 198mm / 148pp / Paperback
Publication Date Feb-2019
Target Audience General
Price (SGD) SGD 14.95 BUY NOW
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About the Book

Now back after 20 years with brand new words, expressions and idioms, this hilarious classic remains packed with humour, irreverence and loads of fun. It bids all Malaysians to lighten up, laugh at ourselves and revel in our unique, multicultural way of life.

Forget about tenses, grammar, pronunciation, and just relek lah ... Aiyoh. Manglish or Malaysian English is what Malaysians speak when we want to connect with each other or just hang loose. Borrowing from Malay, Chinese, Indian, Asli, British English, American English, dialects, popular mass media and plenty more, our unique English reflects our amazing diversity. Like a frothy teh tarik or a lip-smacking mouthful of divine durian, Manglish is uniquely Malaysian.

Manglish is an entertaining, funny and witty compilation of commonly used Malaysian English words and expressions. Whether Malaysian, expat, visitor or a fresh-off-the-plane Mat Salleh, you’ll never be at a loss for words when conversing with Malaysians.

"Aiseh! Malaysians talk one kind one, you know? You also can or not?
If cannot, don’t worry, you can learn how to be terror at Manglish by
just going through this book. The authors have come up with a damn shiok
and kacang putih way for anybody to master Manglish. Nohnid to vomit blood.
Some more ah, this new edition got extra chapters and new words. So don’t be
a bladiful and miss out on this. Get a copy and add oil to your social life."
– Kee Thuan Chye, author of The People’s Victory

About the Authors

Lee Su Kim is a Malaysian author, educator and cultural activist. A sixth generation nyonya from Kuala Lumpur, she is the author of a trilogy of short stories on the Peranakan Babas and Nyonyas. These are: Kebaya Tales, Sarong Secrets and Manek Mischiefs. She was Associate Professor of English Language Studies at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston, and a Masters and Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English from University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She is a founding member and the first President of the Peranakan Baba Nyonya Association of Kuala Lumpur & Selangor. A public speaker, Sukim continues to give talks internationally. Find out more about her at or follow her on Facebook.

Originally a multilingual New Zealander, Stephen J. Hall is currently Professor and Head of the Centre for English Language Studies at Sunway University, Malaysia. Stephen has been a corporate trainer and managed his own consultancy, working with airport customer services and transnational companies. He trained ASEAN teachers and has worked in a range of Southeast Asian settings. Stephen has taught university, secondary and primary levels in the Asia Pacific region and has over 45 publications, including 7 books. Find out more about him at
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