08 Oct '11, 3am

Lee Kuan Yew: Mistake to lose Mandarin at home #Singapore

parents who speak English to their children at home, at the expense of Mandarin . At a dialogue on Friday with 4,000 ethnic Chinese entrepreneurs, Lee said, "I think it's a mistake. They will learn English in school anyway and they should keep up their Mandarin at home so that the child will naturally speak Mandarin and find it easy in school." At home, Lee prefers to speak to his grandchildren in Mandarin as it ensures that they are conversant in the language which is becoming increasingly important. He is concerned that some 30 years after English was officially made the first language , many are losing touch with speaking Mandarin. Lee said that Chinese Singaporeans who gave up Chinese were losing "something very valuable", and would also not be able to take advantage of a rising China and its attractive market of 1.3 billion people. The 88-year-old also disclosed he ha...

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