The new semester has started at USIM and this time I will be busier than before. There are ten students who will be doing their project papers under me with titles from mortality rates for diabetes to designing syariah-compliant life annuities. The students presented their proposals last Friday and I have asked each of them to present a more detailed proposal next Friday.
What strikes me most last Friday was that the students kept pronouncing the word "determine" as "deter" and "mine", and not "deter" and "min" as I learned in school before. I wonder where they got this pronunciation from. It is not specific to the current group of senior students. Previous students also used the same pronunciation. I would be very pleased if others can comment on this.