COMMENTS FOR VALENTINA HASSAN’S 'KEN LEE'
It is quite surprise when Mr.Shahrul said he will show us a video of a participant from Bulgarian Idol which I never saw it before. At first, we planned to watch Mukhsin, a film by Yasmin Ahmad, a talented and famous producer in Malaysia. The video is all about Valentina Hassan who participates in a singing competition in Bulgaria.
At first, I thought she sang Mariah Carey song in her own language, later I noticed that she tried to imitate Mariah Carey’s style in singing. She tried to imitate Mariah Carey’s pronunciation. It sounds weird and of course viewers hard to understand what she tried to deliver. Even I myself cannot comprehend her singing but after some time I got to know that she sing Mariah Carey’s song in English version not in Bulgarian version. She is so braved. She just goes for it. She does not care other people’s thought.
The judges themselves find hard to comprehend what Valentina try to deliver at first sight but then, they try to understand the songs that Valentina sang. They laugh quite loud but Valentina just ignores them. She really wants to be a singer. She impressed me when she chooses to sing an English song even though her English was not really good. But, with her passion in singing she tried to sing that song as good as she can do. Her spirit was superb. Despite people could not understand her pronunciation she still precedes with her singing.
At least she tried sing in English version not in Bulgarian version. That is her effort in conquering the song. She tries to imitate Mariah Carey’s pronunciation. Of course, it is a bit hard for not English native to pronounce well unless he or she went for some language course or attends language classes. I myself sometimes find hard to pronounce certain word. Valentine Hassan shows her effort in learning language using her own ability. Even though, she does not have higher educational achievement, she never gives up and fights to be in Bulgarian Idol’s list.
For some people who listen to it for the first time, they will laugh loudly because of her pronunciation. Valentine just like brings up new phenomena in Bulgaria. It is proved when she made another performance in that competition; she has many fans that support her. There are also some of them that imitate her style in singing. Valentina just like become an idol for them. Valentine might not very good in English because of her family background or educational background but she is good in entertaining people. She got that talent that other people might not have. A less educational background is not an obstacle in achieving dreams.
In future plans, she might taking English class to improve her English and people around also will be inspired to learn or improved English by taking English class. Valentina one day could be a successful singer if she continuously working hard and never give up and I’m sure people around her will give her full support. Soon, there might somebody will try to do the same thing like she did and perhaps one day she might produce an English album.
Valentine Hassan is a good example for some people who feel awkward or afraid in learning English. We can learn English in many ways for instance; we can learn English by singing, watching movies or other ways that we feel comfortable with, not just only attending English classes for some time. Some people they are fluent in English because of frequently singing English songs. It is true that we can not conquer the language in a short time, we need more time and perhaps we need years to be fluent in English. It does not matters what language is, but time is important in earning the language. Besides, we have to be strong and can not easily give up in learning language and also give a full commitment in the learning process.
Therefore, do not be afraid in learning language specifically English language because there are many alternatives ways that can help us and do not afraid in making mistakes because there are no body is perfect and mistakes make us become more matured and prepared. Besides, English language is demanding nowadays, so we can not be left behind. So, chayok..chayok!