Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Day 2 - Multi-lingual

I had a few people asking me recently what is my first language. I find it quite difficult to explain. There are 4 main races and languages. I'm Chinese. My forefathers came from China. But Singapore, as a country used to be part of Malaysia so the national language is Malay. I can understand some of that but can't speak or write in Malay.

Then there's English, which we are taught since young. In fact I consider English to be the first language as everything in school is taught in English, except of course the respective mother tongues. So there you go.

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