Saturday, August 23, 2014

151 ideas to deal with difficult people

Now a book i n a different aspect than the other books reviewed here.

As noticed in the back page of the book :

If you have ever wished you had the equivalent of a nanny 911 to defuse tensions i n the office ,your wish has become true .151 quick ideas to deal with difficult people   is the ultimate guide on how to survive challenging employees and co-workers

Originally i have found this book from the internet but finally bought it as he cost was too low Just 5 Eu for aA5 book of 200 pages
The book uses standard A4 quality paper so it is rather  thick.  Could prefer if the publisher used a better paper.

I return back to backpage for description for what it stands for :
-keep problem employees for setting the tone in the office
-steps to tur troublemakers into team players
-confront bullies harassers and ageists
-keep backstabber from sabotaging your career
-keep aggressive colleague from commandeering your meeting
-know when to cut your losses     

Every   idea is about  1-1.5  page long , numbered with  title ,short passage with examples ,a small box with assignment    (a practical advice ) and also a small 3 line rectangle with an epilogue mostly a motivational advice, such as sayings ,talks from prominent people and so on

I set here an example :(with the hope that I  don’t infringe any copyright )

#65 When employees ask to borrow money .
-The writer notices an example of someone asked from her  boss several thousand dollars ,asking fro 50dolars every two weeks but suddenly asked for 600 and the  boss asked the writer if his was legal or not.
-In the assignment box the idea is better to refer to a bank instead of borrowing money.   
-In  epilogue notices: making loans to employees shouldn’t be part of ay business plan

For me the book is quite  easy to read with minimal dictionary help   about 4 hours were requied to check for unknown words with the use /help of tablet used as translator

Definitely worthless for someone who works in a company with mates and wanting ow to cope with toxic people . But not so much for someone looking book to handle with toxic people in the society .....    
Possibly Verbal Judo or The Idiot’s Guide To Verbal Self Defence could be better ??

Rating : 3.5/5

Book review :sejarah Melayu

From John Leyden with preface by Stamford Raffles

Hmmm I think every Malaysian  knows these Englishmen. I have read too much 10 years ago abot this book when i read the history  of Malaysia .  

One of the interesting books read this summer! Although i have found the book in online form , i also added to my book list his year with the hope that it uses a different format as the scanned online version was a column-full  without spaces  between stories.

This version comes from Silverfish publications ,but keeps  the original text format exactly as the posiby more original edition of 1821 .(and fancy! 1821 by coincidence is the year Greeks revolted against the Ottoman dominance)

Reading it the language is a bit archaic as there are several not so common words as whither, Passages are rather easy to read but not always easy to understand .Word wise regarding to my vocabulary the vocabulary  is relatively easy with 2-6 max  unknown English words per page ie 2 out of 500 words  though there are several malay words written in simple English with c  for the k if ejaan baru ,eg lacsa instead of laksa  ,creese out of kris, all of them formed in italics

One of the reasons used to read was to testify between some well known stories as Hang Nadim and the swordfish (though really his name is not referred in this story ,but also the committee of bendaharas asked the raja to kill the boy instead of on bendahara as  noticed in most other books including a children book  ) while another Hang Nadim referred in the book who 'stole' a beautiful to be princess (with her consent!! ie Tun Tiji ch 27)  and another Hang Nadim on the end if the book who is descendant of Sr Tuah.

Other interesting story is the  story of princess of Mt Ophir on ch25 and of Li Poh on chapter 15 as well Badang on ch6 (full story much more than i read in S'pore myths book!!)    

And also in the start of the book the rather fiction of the two sisters riding the hill where grains of paddy became golden grains   and of the raja who visited the city on the under the sea     These are also stories i told my daughter who is now 5.5 year old

An interesting reading 3/5

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Some malay words with corespondings in greek anad their meanings !!

(a)gar = because (ancient )
Air = wind!!! (ancient )
Aku     Listen!
Alat[i] =salt
Alatas = a surname , salt provider
Ama = if , walau
Amin = amen
Amok – amuk
Αna= 1) as anna 2) each
Antré =  andrea
Ara = so that
Aris = a  name
Bala = the ball
Alit [is] = tramp , scamp
Bakal ? = grocer
Banyak = (as bania )  the swimmings
Belas = troube
Cac'a = woman master of ....whores
Canda = a bag
Capa = hoe!!
Caya = tee-s , bye (slang)
Cici = meat  (in childish , cici’)\
Ck ck = (same )
Cita =hard pressed
Coba [nos] = shepherd
Cucu = penis in childish , as cucu’
Cula =  bad  woman
Daftar = > tefteri in greek same  meaning
Dan > Danos  greek name (Demi+s =  Jimmy!
Derma = skin
Divan = >>divani in greek
Ego = <<< greek  eword
Ekonomi = kata yunani
Ella =  Come! (proounced as e’la )
Etos << 1) Ethos (custom )   2) year !!1
Farra /Fara = family or tribe
Hanya = a city in Crete
Hara = joy
Hari+s = Harry
Hawa = tune of  someone trying to do his way (slang)
Hesti = chicken , fearful
Indonesia >  nesia from nesos , ancient greek for island
Kakak = shit in childish
Kata = againt (kata’)
Kekek = as kekes is stammerer
Kerana = (as kerna ) make a  gift mostly of wine in a companion
Kerana = (as krana ) a flower
Keras =  ram ( old meaning )
Keras+i  =  cherry
Khalwa [s] = a  sweet
Kita = look!
Lama = blade
Luka = Lucy
Mana = mother
Masa = meal , slang term
Mastura = drugged – highly smoked
Mati = eye
Mati = eye  (ma’ti)
Melati = soft  boiled !!
Melissa = the bee
Mila = speak!
Mu = (its) mine
Panas = a surname
Paras = money  (slang)
Pedih = child
Pendek = as pende is 5
Pernah = (pe’rna)  passes
Pikra(ma)   = bitterness
Pita = pie
Pupi = childish for penis
Rasa = prists  cloth
Retak = Reta a crippled name
Tak = (as ta ) the (plural )]
Tamunya = the (fem) pussies , mu’
Tiga = full
Tika = proper surname
Wira = heave  the anchors
Zaman = times (mostly as zamania )