Multilingual is an asset and beneficial.
Living in a country of multi-racial, we are growing up in a multilingual society that have provided us with the opportunity to leaning other languages other than our individual mother tongues, the dialects like Hakka, Cantonese, Kadazan, Dusun, Tamil etc.
In the Malaysia’s education system, more emphasis is put on the Malay language, however, the government also recognises that English, Chinese and Tamil languages are equally important for the Malaya, Chinese, Indian and other ethnic groups in the country as well as to prepare its people to be able to communicate in this competition economy world today.
Parents nowadays have increased the tendency of sending their children to multilingual schools which Chinese or Tamil are being taught to providing them with a good start of learning the languages.
In a mix marriage family like ours, we do speak several different languages at home, English is the main language that we communicate with our kids, through the education system, our kids are able to read and speak up to 3 languages, that’s Malay, English, and Chinese. They also have the opportunities to learn other dialects too. We are happy to see our kids communicating with others in languages other their mother tongues harmoniously.
The ability to speak more languages are assets and very beneficial to us and our children. It is also fun mix and match multi languages in our speeches which we do most of the time. We do not find nor do our children have any confusion switching from one language to the other to suite the people that we are communicating with.