I guess everybody knows what SKYPE is, but in case you do not, here is the definition:
Skype is a little piece of software that lets you make free calls to anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world. Also, until the end of 2006, you can also make free calls to landlines and mobiles in the US and Canada from Skype. And even though the calls are free, they are really excellent quality.
If you and your friends, family or business contacts are using webcams, you can also make free video calls. You can even call landlines and mobile phones at really cheap per minute rates (and there’s no setup or subscription fee).
In addition, you can use Skype to chat with other people, send files, make conference calls, video calls, and more – all over the Internet.
Well, if that is too wordy to comprehend, you can click the video clip below and watch the visual explanation:
I have never tried calling my daughter or using SKYPE to make video calls, but we do chat quite often whenever both of us are online. It certainly saves a lot on short-messaging service (sms) charges.
But one thing that bugs me is why some people pronounce it as SKY PEE. That makes it sound like rain! LOL!!! I’ve called it SKYPE right from the start but when I heard people calling it SKY PEE, I began to wonder whether I got the pronunciation right or not.
Well, I checked it out on this website on the internet…and true enough, I was right. It’s SKY as in “sky” and SKYPE rhyming with “type”. Anyway, if you watch the video clip, you will hear the right pronunciation as well.
And since this is a language-related post, you may be tickled by the headline in this photograph:
Have a fantastic week ahead, everybody!
18 thoughts on “Say my name (2)…”
We share the same sentiment here. It’s pronounced as ‘skaip’ as in ‘taip’. Apalah budak-budak hari ini, SKY PEE? As if the sky can pee.
See…I’m not the only one. You too… Bahasa baku maybe? LOL!!!
I know one fella say sky pee wan .. ha ha ha. Drums??? :p
I heard your OLD friend here pronouncing it as SKY-PEE too, if you know who I mean!!! Hahahahahaha!!!
Are you talking about the “OLD friend” that I am thinking you were referring to? I think I can recall him pronounced it as Sky Pee! LOL!
I was chatting, as in voice call, with one of my ex-classmates in Sabah on Skype and he kept pronouncing it as Sky Pee that I got so irritated that I told him. He kept with his Sky Pee until now 😀
Leopards will never change their spots! You heard him too? LOL!!! Well, how many old ones do you know? Rule me out, you only have got that one left! Hahahahaha!!!
simple phonics should tell you it’s how you pronounced it. I think it’s time the english education in Malaysia included some of these internet jargon in their syllabus.
With access to the internet these days, one will just need to have the initiative and be proactive! The whole world is at their finger tips…no need to push everything to the schools and wait to be spoon-fed! So pathetic!!!
well true, but I feel that even if a student is initiative and proactive, the school system will still have to keep up with the trends to complement the students’ interests.
Anyway, I feel internet in malaysia is too slow to be an effective means of learning. Just waiting for your blog to load took me close to half a minute.
They had EST – English for Science and Technology…and when I was teaching the subject, I exposed the students to many things, even computer science/technology and the terminology…and were they interested? Not at all! Now that it’s not a compulsory exam subject, nobody wants to take. Gosh! You can ask around – they do not know what CPU, RAM, WAP and all that mean…and they’re not in the least bothered. I find the pea-brained students these days…sad, really really sad!!!
Half a minute? Pretty fast with mine….but I’m not on streamyx! Plus I’m on PC…and my hard disk is quite empty….
nnoo… i pronounced it Sky-type..skype..with no pee… hahaha…. like u, i never use it, though i heard it saves a lot of telephone charges esp those staying overseas… but in msn, we can also use our mic and webcam to talk to one another, right? anyway, my pc no webcam yet, mic also going to conk out… so…… tak payah cakap la…
I was on msn…until I received a virus from somebody. When I contacted him, he said he wasn’t online…and soon after that, I got another…and then, I don’t know what happened but I could not access my hotmail – the same address that I used for msn. So I just abandoned that address…and never used msn anymore. My friend in Australia on msn once complained that he got a virus from me too!!! Now, I use Skype…or we can chat on Facebook too!
Hahaha.. you know mel was recommending SKY-PEE to me the other day. haha.. i guess like father like daughter. But then, i prefer to use MSN messenger.. i think it is more user friendly and the interface is also very nice !
See my reply to claire. Not keen on using msn ever again after that!
When we first start using skype in the office in 2003, I pronounced it as it suppose to be, but it really puzzled me that the almost all the chinese in my office pronounce it sky-pee. luckily i am very stubborn and stick to skype until today. Otherwise i would be on the wrong side of the statistic ihih!
Ya…not wise to follow others blindly. The blind leading the blind, all will fall into the pit! LOL!!!
Sky Pee!! hahahahahahahahaha man.. we need a few of that…. rain I mean… 😉
We had a lot of that yesterday…very cool throughout the night and this morning, but now it’s hot again! Very hot!
Ya man… sky pee is what we seriously need. its freakin hot!!!!!!!
It’s very hot here too…so my aircon full blast! Your office got aircon, where got problem leh? LOL!!!
I do use this to contact and communicate with my colleagues in West Malaysia. It is a really good software. You can use it on smartphone now and you will be on the move all the time.
Smartphone?….Luckily I can access Facebook on my antique! Hahahahahaha!!!
Thks for the good info. I think there is a little time lag during the Sky Pee call so you will not hear the other side voices immediately.
Ya…like those on-the-spot reporters on CNN. The newscaster would have asked the question and they would take a good 10 seconds before responding. The same thing happened when an ex-student called me from the US once… I got so put off by the delay that I told me just to email me or go on Facebook.
How coincidental! Was having a dinner conversation abt Skype with friends last nite n today u r on the topic. Eerie! Not a fan of Skype because the other party can see my image and sometimes that may not be very flattering esp. when all the makeup ,false teeth/eyelashes are off. LOL! I thot it is pronounced ‘skippy’as in skippy the kangaroo.Just pulling yr leg!
Must be the Australians that started it all! Skippy, peanut butter! Well, you don’t have to use ur webcam…or you can stick Angeline Jolie’s photo right in front of it!!! LOL!!!
You can disable the webcam lah! haha.
That’s what I was telling her…
Speaking of which, I know of some people who pronounce inspiration (it’s ins-pee-ration, right?) as ins-pai-ration and insisted that they are right, including some of my lecturers.
It’s ins-per-ation – the phonetic symbol is an upside down “e” which sounds something like “er”. The same with other words like respiration, aspiration…. Can go to one of those online dictionaries to listen to the word being pronounced.
Or both also boleh pakai?
Where got both boleh pakai? In Malaysia perhaps. After all, as they always say, Malaysia boleh! Anything goes! But I’ve heard “buffet” being pronounced as “buff – fet” (as some Malaysians pronounce it) at some places, NZ for instance, though we pronounce it as “boo-fay”…
Well, as long as it is not ‘boof-head’,that is fine with me. Like some say Meelo and others Mailo for Milo…..
Does not necessarily mean they’re all correct! 🙂
Hahaha 😀 Guess what Sui? I pronounced it as Sky-PEE too the first time around! LOL 😛
So hope you’ve got it right now… 🙂