Just recently, I re-learnt a Bahasa Melayu saying...
"Sikit Sikit Lama Lama Jadi Bukit"
In simple english, it means that through little accumulations over long time, anything can become big.
This applies very much to my learning of the Malay language as well.
My work requires me to go into Malaysia very often and every single visit, I'd try to learn new words.
I remember the early days of my working in Malaysia when I even had problems trying to tell a local taxi driver to go to the nearest food establishment in the local language..
Sad that even though my country's national language is Malay, and I can't even hold a simple conversation.
Sikit is "a little bit"
Atas means "higher"
Bawa means "lower"
Terus means "straight"
Bukit is "mountain"
Today is 7 October 2006.
Time is 00:51 hrs