The couple went viral for doing a 24 hours Bahasa Malaysia only challenge
Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest stories and updates.
We’re not sure what it is that we like so much about listening to non-Malaysians speak our national language, but we just do! And it makes us so happy!
So, when Logesh Kumaar uploaded a video of him attempting a 24 hours challenge of speaking Bahasa Malaysia with his mat salleh wife, it’s no surprise that a snippet was quickly shared to Twitter and then went totally viral.
24 hours of only Bahasa Malaysia
Orang Malaysia kahwin dengan US dan dia buat 24 hours challenge cakap BM dengan isteri dia. Nak ajar apa maksud kura kura pun complicated. 😂 pic.twitter.com/2e22wOvDKi— Arisu (@Admantiumm) December 28, 2020
Kura-kura adalah haiwan yang Zaden paling suka.Logesh Kumaar to Rachel Kumaar via Twitter
In the 2 minute 19 second snippet shared to Twitter, Logesh can be seen trying to explain the meaning of kura-kura to his wife, Rachel Kumaar, without using any other languages besides Malay.
I got none of that.Rachel Kumaar to Logesh Kumaar via Twitter
Rachel gets adorably confused and laments on how she really misses being able to talk to her husband, adding that she’s sure all Malaysians watching the video were probably yelling at her through their screens.
In the end, Rachel manages to pull through and solve the language puzzle in a way that has us madly cheering for her.
Malaysians were impressed by Logesh’s fluent Bahasa
The video was circulated so widely that it actually ended up appearing on Logesh’s own timeline.
Eh macam kenal je Kumaar Family ni 😂— Kumaar Family (@kumaarfamily) December 29, 2020
Twitter users were mightily impressed with Logesh’s fluent BM. They praised him for having a nice voice as well saying it reminded them of the voice-over used in Malay translated National Geographic videos.
Ya!!!!— FarahShahida♡🇲🇾 (@aikoFarah) December 29, 2020
Suara dia sama. 😆
Some also corrected Logesh saying that kura-kura which is commonly mistaken to mean turtle, actually refers to tortoises. The correct word for turtle in Malay is penyu – which means sea turtle.
Saya memang salah pasal kura-kura dan penyu. Tapi sebenarnya, Zaden suka kedua2 pun 😀— Kumaar Family (@kumaarfamily) December 30, 2020
“I also loved hearing Rachel speak our national language.”
Speaking to TRP, Logesh, who is originally from Klang, Selangor, said that they started the 24 hour BM challenge as a way for Rachel, who is an American from California, to continue learning the language.
He explained that they got the idea for the challenge from their YouTube channel viewers, saying he enjoyed speaking Malay for one whole day since he doesnt really get much opportunity to speak it in the United States.
He shared that he loved hearing Rachel speak our national language as well, but admitted it was challenging at times and a little exhausting when they weren’t able to communicate certain things to each other.
When i could understand something it felt very rewarding.Rachel Kumaar to TRP
Rachel agreed with Logesh, saying she felt frustrated too when she couldn’t understand more Malay. Though, she said it was extremely rewarding when she could understand what he said.
She also shared that the challenge has inspired her to learn more Malay.
I love the language and hope to one day be fluent!Rachel Kumaar to TRP
A proud Malaysian living abroad
Since his video went viral, Logesh urges all Malaysian to embrace our beautiful language and culture.
He said that he initially didn’t appreciate our Malaysian culture until he moved overseas, which then caused him to realise that he was proud of his background, heritage and country.
I was so proud to call myself Malaysian. I love my Tanah Air even more! Ever since then, I do my best to share our culture, food, with as many people as possible.Logesh Kumaar to TRP
Watch the full video of their challenge on YouTube.
Starving forensic investigator turned writer cause she couldn't find a job. Used to search for killers now searches for killer stories.