Vineetha – The Best of You

Vineetha Malaysia

I speak Mandarin, Tamil, Malay and Japanese.

My name is Vineetha. I am 14 years old and I enjoy learning languages.

I started learning Mandarin in kindergarten, when my mother enrolled me into a Chinese school. As a nurse, my mother is fluent in many languages. I’ve seen the way she can switch between Tamil and Cantonese, Malay and Mandarin. It’s amazing! I wish to be like her too.

When I speak other languages, I get to hang out with friends of different races and learn more about their cultures. I can even interact with them in their languages. At home, I speak Mandarin with my sisters too! It’s our secret language.

I don’t see learning languages other than my mother tongue unusual. But many still wonder why an Indian girl is learning a language that is not her own. I took six years to learn Mandarin and it wasn’t easy. I feel sad when my friends doubted me; when I spoke to them in Mandarin, they would reply me in Malay.

I hope that more people will open their minds to do the same as me. Maybe one day, I will get to see people wear others’ cultural costumes on Malaysia Day.

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