English Genius

Posted by Jerry Tue, Jun 28 '05

So I was told from this word test that I:

did so extremely well, even I can’t find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don’t. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you’re not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!
I scored 92% Beginner, 92% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 80% Expert
Compared to other people of my age and gender:
You scored higher than 35% on Beginner
You scored higher than 25% on Intermediate
You scored higher than 51% on Advanced
You scored higher than 71% on Expert

But seriously, does it take a genius to answer the questions above? Most of pure common sense, some are just sly word play, and a few are those adverb/adjective/noun rules that’re listed in primary school textbooks. I’m not surprised that I didn’t get full marks though (though a little embarrassing to commit the most novice mistakes, lol), I never paid much attention to grammar rules taught in class. For me, writing is only to toss a handful of alphabets into the brain soup and let the course of nature slow rearrange themselves as they would look best, sentence by sentence, a little like construction blueprints. (Or a little more like asking 1000 monkeys with typemachines to collectively write the Bible.) Call me ignorant, call me defiling the language, call me low and uneducated, but gee, as long as you bring the point across, is it not sufficient enough? Still, that would explain why my style is different than most of other casual writers, and can be a tad confusing at times. Some say I’m damn impressive (am I? never thought so), some say I’d be good in cryptic poems and haiku, while some say I’m good in churning out nonsense.

On the other hand, man, I used to suck at english speaking. Even though as a kid I read a lot, got excellent scores in english written tests, being brought up in in a standard chinese family, educated in a Chinese primary school, where everyone speaks chinese, and in a national secondary school, where 50% speaks chinese and the other 50% malay, obviously didn’t help.

By Form 3 (Edit: or was it 6th Grade? I can’t really remember which one was it =P) some of us would go for ASEAN Scholarship trials, where the first session would consist of an IQ test, an english essay and maths. I made it to 2nd session, the interview. Now I know the judges were definitely impressed by my essay (As usual, I avoided the discussion topics and chose fiction) and maybe by my IQ results too, but still… my oral sucks. And no talk english good = no suit singapore environment good. Soo, here I am, you probably know the rest of the drill. Non-ASEAN applicant, australian degree under-graduate, with still no apparent indication of succeeding Bill Gates’ in the near future.

And the government is still clueless as to why so many fresh graduates (fyi, at present 90% of unemployed graduates are from local universities, 10% overseas, with most of them being malay), are incapable of finding a job. 'Race’ part of the discussion aside, let’s just take a quick peek into our uni’s. Lecturer’s nationality: Indonesian. Spoken: Malay. Textbooks: Malay. And since there’s so many malay students, Language where Students Converse Most In: Malay. Hello menteri-menteri sekalian? Are you still wondering why your students never get to dip their toes, lest survive, in the corporate world?

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