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Indian Kid Learning Cantonese December 19, 2006

Posted by Edwin in Cantonese, Multiculturalism.

My wife told me an incident last night. She has a 2.5 year-old kid in her daycare, whose father is from India, and mother from Singapore. He has been with my wife for about half a year, and my wife has been teaching him simple Cantonese words.

Yesterday, the kid’s father told my wife that he and his family visited a good friend in the weekend. His friend spoke Cantonese, and he tried to say some simple words, such as ‘mouth’, ‘nose’, and ‘ear’. To his surprise, the Indian kid could identify all of them from his body. His father was so proud of him.

The father also told my wife that occasionally the kid would utter some words at home, and he knew he was speaking Cantonese.

Can the kid still remember these words in a few years time? Probably not. But I believe this is exactly the right attitude we need to pass to our next generation. Have a sense of multiculturalism!



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