She's rather weak in Bahasa Malaysia (BM). She can spell and read, but she doesn't know the meaning of the words. I guess that's normal due to lack of exposure and usage. I heard that reading more BM books will increase her understanding of the language but I've yet to shop for them.
What I've done is to get her to check the words (from the textbook or activity book) in the dictionary, then write down the meaning in English. She's using a cute Pooh notebook for this purpose. I believe she'll remember better when she looks for the words herself and writing it down reinforces the memory. Anyway, I haven't really tested her on the words she's written but so far, I think it's quite helpful.
~ the contents of her notebook ~
The other day I was doing BM revision with her. PIL were at my place then. After testing her on Ejaan (spelling), Ye Ye asked her to use those words to construct sentences. With the word pilu (sad), she constructed this :
Saya pilu kerana ibu sudah mati.
[ meaning : I am sad because my mother is dead. ]
All of us were speechless, then burst out laughing. I guess I should be happy she really understands the meaning of pilu and that she'll be sad when her mother's gone for good. hahaha Then we taught her to substitute ibu with pets like dog, cat or rabbit. Well, in case you're wondering, I'm NOT sad. The title of this post simply refers to XY's 'fantastic' sentence. hehehe