Children have ability to learn multiple languages

Children have ability to learn multiple languages

Stories by ELAINE DONG star2@thestar.com.my

Dheepa (left) and Dhivyaa, seen here with their mother Rajes, show off their portrait, which was drawn by a street artist in Paris when they were little. Most Malaysian children are bilingual, and some are motivated to pick up even more languages. BEING multilingual is almost a given for a child growing up in Malaysia. Most Malaysians can claim to know at least two languages and/or dialects. We learn Bahasa Malaysia and English in school, and some learn Mandarin or Tamil as well. At home, most Chinese and Indian families still speak in their respective dialects. Some families also encourage their children to learn other languages beyond the requisite Bahasa Malaysia and English. Many are born in multiracial families, and they learn the mother tongues of their parents. Others also encourage their children to pick up languages like French, Japanese or Arabic to open up more opportunities for themselves. Knowing their roots Children’s party planner Yeesend Chan wanted her two children to know their roots, and so, she made sure they knew their parents’ mother tongue. Her mother tongue is Mandarin, and her Swiss husband, Swiss German. She has been speaking%2

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