Baik, baik saja
And Baik, baik saja to you too Shirley! That's Indonesian for I'm fine thanks. And how do I know that? Well, I spent 3 years in Indonesia, in the lovely city of Bandung. It was a long time ago (in the early 90s) and although I might not remember much Bahasa Indonesia now, I certainly do remember those Jakarta traffic jams!
And you know, spending time in Indonesia isn't the only thing we've got in common either.
When I was a wee girl, growing up in Glasgow, I used to adore adverts too. Here's a story my brothers and sisters still love to tell about me from when I was about 5 or 6: Apparently, the last thing I'd say before I'd go out of the house in the afternoon was, "I'm just going out to the garden to play. Call me the minute the adverts come on." I didn't care what programme was on TV, I only liked watching the ads! Unlike you, I didn't actually want what was advertised – I think I was too young to even realise what adverts were. I'm not sure I even realised those things on the TV were on offer - I just liked the short, snappy jingles and the fast-paced action of the ads!
And even today, whenever I watch TV, I try to get whoever's watching with me involved in a game I call Name That Ad. It goes like this: whenever an ad comes on, you try to be the first person to buzz in before the name of the product is mentioned by the announcer or shown on screen.
Your writing is really good Shirley. Do you write in English in your day job? And where did you learn your English? Did you do all your studying in Indonesia or did you live or study abroad for a while, perhaps in an English-speaking country?
A couple of points in your posting, both relating to numbers and times:
Over two hundred millions of people should be two hundred million people. (And there's something else here I want to ask about – not related to your grammar at all – are you sure your figure of 200,000,000 people in Jakarta is right?)
AM (or am) already means in the morning so you don't have to use both of them in the one sentence. You can say 6 in the morning or 6 am. So what about this one:
at 9 pm in the evening.
Can you figure out you should say?
Looking forward to hearing more about your favourite adverts!
Bye for now,
we've got in common – that is similar about the two of us
wee – a Scottish word that means small (or here, young)
Apparently – We don't know if it's true or not (here, I use it to show that we only have my brother and sisters' word that this story is true. I was too young to remember it, so I want to show that I'm not 100% sure it's true)
the minute – as soon as
jingles – short, catchy tunes that are used to advertise products
buzz in – in a game show the contents use their buzzers to buzz in when they know the right answer
mentioned – said or announced
your day job – your main employment (you might have a hobby or another, smaller – often more enjoyable - job that you do at weekends or in the evenings)
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