B1 Information Report

Learning to Love Languages!

Malaysians are blessed. Not many would say it but being born in Malaysia is really a blessing because we live in a country with wonderful cultures, traditions and languages. Each family can choose to raise their own children with a language that is comfortable to them. More and more families are choosing to use English as the main language at home.

The reason behind this is simple – English is an international language. It will probably become handy in the future. However, that is not the only language Malaysians know. There are many different races in Malaysia. We usually learn our mother-tongue. Our “mother-tongue” is the language that our mothers teach us such as Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Tamil, Iban, Kadazan and others.

And then there are the different dialects that sound so different, they may as well be separate languages! For example, there is Kedah Malay, Kelantanese, Cantonese, Hokkien, Telugu, Malayalam and more. You can always find a bilingual or a trilingual person walking around in Malaysia.

Unfortunately, only a few people are able to speak their native language amongst the Millennials and Generation Z (children born from the year 2000). Chinese and Malay schools have a lower entry rate and it seems that English is slowly taking over as the language in Malaysia.

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handy – convenient for use
bilingual – able to use two languages
trilingual – able to use three languages
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