How Malaysians Use the Word ‘SEE’ In Our Daily Life

When Malaysians use the word ‘SEE’, it does not necessarily mean they notice something or someone. Neither do they mean they understand something. Here’s how Malaysians magically use the word ‘SEE’:


1) SEE HOW

When Malaysians say SEE HOW, they actually mean they want to think for a moment about something (before deciding). Synonymous to ‘let’s see how it goes’ in a proper term but ‘SEE HOW’ is smoother, don’t you think?

2) SEE FIRST

There’s a fine line between SEE FIRST and SEE HOW. SEE FIRST is being used by Malaysians for saying that a decision about a situation will be made after allowing it to develop for a period of time. With both #1 and #2 combined, it is then a combo covering both circumstances – i.e. SEE HOW FIRST.

3) YOU SEE

People usually say ‘I SEE’ to signify that they understand. But Malaysians also like to say ‘YOU SEE’ to seek concurrence from people or ‘YOU SEE YOU SEE’ to ask someone to look out for something.

4) YOU TRY AND SEE

When Malaysians say ‘YOU TRY AND SEE’, they are sending out cautionary signals to ask you to better not try or challenge note to see if you dare. So if you hear someone say ‘YOU TRY AND SEE’, don’t try.

5) NO EYES SEE

It is not uncommon to hear Malaysians say ‘I have no eyes to see’. And when they say that, it is very likely that they are fed up with something or someone. Similarly, it also means ‘I can’t stand it anymore’

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