“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”.
Last Wednesday, I tagged along a group of composers, musicians from The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur on a trip to Sarawak Cultural Village.
There, I decided to interview an Indonesian composer Yohanes Subowo.
To my own surprise, I found myself conversing with him in broken Indonesian Malay. For your information, there are differences between Indonesian and Malaysian Malay such as in accents, verbs and vocabulary.
I was bumped that I couldn’t speak fluently with him and beat myself for at least equip myself with a bit of Indonesian vocabulary beforehand.
But thankfully the interview went well and I pretty much got what I want from him.
Pak Bowo, Terima Kasih bapak!
Check out the article how well I translated his Indonesian into this English article.
Note to self: Learn to speak more languages from now.