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Third Translation Contest

English to Malay


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The problem of being awkward with introductions is not, for many, an “unusual situation.” You may find that you are often uncertain about whether to introduce someone using their first name, last name, or both; about whether to use a qualifier (“this is my friend, ______”); even about whether or not it is in fact your responsibility to introduce two people in a given situation. But all of this is small potatoes compared with the seemingly inevitable mingling nightmare of having to introduce someone whose name you have forgotten.

It’s one thing to forget someone’s name if you’ve met them only once or twice, or if you haven’t seen them in a while. But all too often it’s someone whose name you really should know, and who is going to be insulted to find out you don’t. In other words, a faux pas in the making.

This is absolute agony when it happens, and I’ve watched hundreds of minglers try to deal with different ways, ranging from exuberant apology (“Oh GOD, I’m so sorry, JEEZ, wow, I can’t believe I’ve forgotten your name!”) to throwing up their hands and walking away. But there are better ways to deal with this kind of mental slip. Next time you draw a blank while making introductions, try the following ploy:

Force them to introduce themselves. This is the smoothest and most effective way to handle your memory lapse. When it’s done well, no one will ever suspect you. If you have forgotten one person’s name in the group, turn to that person first and smile. Then turn invitingly to a person whose name you do remember and say, “This is Linden Bond,” turning back casually toward the forgotten person. The person whose name you haven’t mentioned yet will automatically (it’s a reflex) say “Nice to meet you, Linden, I’m Sylvia Cooper,” and usually offer a hand to shake.

Entry #1022 - Points: 0
Berlaku kejanggalan dalam memperkenalkan seseorang, bagi kebanyakan kita, bukan kerana “situasi yang sukar.”  Anda tidak pasti samada mahu memperkenalkannya dengan menyebut namanya, nama keluarga, atau kedua-duanya sekali; samada dengan memperkenal siapa dia (“ini kawan saya,_____”); malah adakah perlu bagi anda memperkenalkannya dalam sesuatu keadaan.  Namun ini semua hanyalah perkara kecil jika dibandingkan dengan masalah yang lebih besar di mana anda lupa nama orang Show full text

Entry #1042 - Points: 0
Bagi ramai orang, menjadi kekok bila memperkenalkan seseorang kepada seorang lain bukanlah satu “situasi yang luar biasa”. Mungkin anda sering mendapati diri anda tertanya-tanya sama ada mahu memperkenalkan seseorang dengan menggunakan namanya, nama keluarganya, atau kedua-duanya sekali; sama ada harus menggunakan keterangan (“ini kawan saya, ______”); malah sama ada memperkenalkan dua orang dalam sesuatu situasi tertentu itu adalah kewajipan anda. Tetapi itu semua adalah masalah kecil jika Show full text

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