Which kind do you prefer?
WHEN GIVING A CUSTOMER BAD NEWS
Britons: I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t seem to have the sweater you want in your size, but if you give me a moment, I can call the other outlets for you.
Malaysians: 124 No stock.
Bruneians: Finish already.
RETURNING A CALL
Britons: Hello, this is John Smith. Did anyone call for me a few moments ago?
Malaysians: Hello, who call?
Bruneians: Hello, who is this?
ASKING SOMEONE TO MAKE WAY
Britons: Excuse me, I would like to get by. Would you please make way?
Malaysians: S-kew me.
WHEN SOMEONE OFFERS TO PAY
Britons: Hey! Put your wallet away, this drink is on me.
Malaysians: No need lah.
Bruneains: It’s ok la.
WHEN ASKING FOR PERMISSION
Britons: Excuse me, but do you think it would be possible for me to enter through this door?
Malaysians: (pointing at the door) Can ah?
Bruneians: (pointing at the door) OK?
Britons: Please make yourself right at home.
Malaysians: No need shy shy one lah!
Bruneians: Bah ok la.
WHEN DOUBTING SOMEONE
Britons: I don’t recall you giving me the money.
Malaysians: Where got?
Bruneians: Ya kan?
WHEN DECLINING AN OFFER
Britons: I would prefer not to do that, if you don’t mind.
Malaysians: Don’t want lah.
Bruneians: It’s ok.
IN DISAGREEING ON A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
Britons: Err…Tom, I have to stop you there. I understand where you’re coming from, but I really have to disagree with what you said about the issue.
Malaysians: You mad ah?
Bruneians: Cannot be.
WHEN ASKING SOMEONE TO LOWER THEIR VOICE
Britons: Excuse me, but could you please lower your voice? I’m trying to concentrate over here.
Malaysians: Shut up lah!
Bruneians: Quiet la you.
WHEN ASKING SOMEONE IF HE/SHE KNOWS YOU
Britons: Excuse me, but I noticed you staring at me for sometime. Do I know you?
Malaysians: See what, see what?
Bruneians: You know who I am?
WHEN ASSESSING A TIGHT SITUATION
Britons: We seem to be in a bit of a predicament at the moment.
Malaysians: Die lah!!
Bruneians: How ah?
WHEN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED
Britons: Will someone tell me what has just happened?
Malaysians: What happened ah? Why like that one lah?
Bruneians: What this?
WHEN SOMEONE DID SOMETHING WRONG
Britons: This isn’t the way to do it. Here, let me show you.
Malaysians: Like that also don’t know how to do!
Bruneians: Eh come I show you.
WHEN ONE IS ANGRY
Britons: Would you mind not disturbing me?
Malaysians: Celaka you!
Bruneians: Eh, what is this kan? Kanasai.
For your info, the original was just “British English vs. Malaysian English” which someone forwarded to me.
Credits to Nick Ng for the “Bruneians” addition.