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Do You Think Multilingual Would Create Confusion in Children?

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.

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  1. AlmaG

    On December 24, 2009 at 10:04 am


    I don’t think so because we grew up that way. We speak to our mom in English and to our dad in Filipino and there had not been any prblem with it. It just takes practice and getting used to.

  2. mkd1788

    On December 25, 2009 at 2:16 pm


    very well written..good post

  3. drelayaraja

    On December 26, 2009 at 9:57 pm


    Children of multilingual parents tend to be very intelligent. They grasp languages easily.

    In fact they never get confused as adults.

    My wife speaks Malayalam and I speak Tamil… well my son is now 3 months… starting to understand both :)

  4. Starpisces

    On December 26, 2009 at 10:34 pm


    good article for discussion..
    well written, Agnes

  5. ken bultman

    On December 28, 2009 at 3:26 am


    It’s vitally important in today’s world for children to grow up multilingual…the second language depending on what part of the world in which they live. Here in Florida…English/Spanish.

  6. tonywriter

    On December 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm


    very good article and nice discussion upon topic,Thanks!

  7. jaysonv

    On December 30, 2009 at 10:10 pm


    great discussion topic for us.. post more.. thanks for sharing!

  8. joyhyena29

    On January 28, 2010 at 6:53 am


    great share^^

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