Encouraging children to learn various languages at a young age can greatly facilitate their language acquisition and mastery. A heartwarming example of this is a young Chinese boy who speaks Tamil with such fluency that one would be hard-pressed to distinguish him from a native Tamil speaker.
Photo via TikTok (@kartik_suresh)
A TikTok user known as @kartik_suresh recently shared a delightful video featuring himself and his neighbour's son, Kai Kai, who displayed remarkable fluency in Tamil. The video showcased the pair making Mango Lassi together, but what truly stood out was Kai Kai's seamless conversation in Tamil.
As Kartik sliced mangoes for the drink, the young boy suggested, "I think it would be sweeter to combine grapes and apples. Amma, do we have any apples?" Here, "Amma" referred to Kartik's mother.
In the background, Kartik's mother chimed in, saying, "We don't have apples."
Undeterred, Kai Kai continued to engage in a cheerful and fully fluent Tamil conversation with Kartik as they prepared the Mango Lassi, exchanging comments and jokes effortlessly.
This heartening display illustrates the multicultural and multilingual harmony that is a hallmark of Malaysian society, where individuals from diverse backgrounds often speak one another's languages with ease.