There are half a dozen common languages spoken in Malaysia, including Malay, Cantonese, Iban, Hokkien, Tamil, and Mandarin.
English is a popular common language too, and I think the most common second language. Thing is, there are various versions of English, some of which are pretty hard to understand if you're not from here.
Like the other day I told Ah Soo, our mechanic that I wasn't happy with the flower on my tyre. He recommended I replace it, and then told me his wife said she had seen me give him the hand the day before but he'd missed it.
Translated this means I was worried about the treads on my tyre, and Ah Soo was apologising that he hadn't noticed me wave at him the day before.
We may sound funny but we're communicating, and that's all that matters, right?