18 Mar '11, 11pm

Chinese fruit seller speaks fluent Tamil

Mr Yap Ha Kuan, a 46-year-old Malaysian who works at Sin Kian Choon fruit stall, says he picked up all the four languages when he was a child. -- PHOTO: RAZPR TV HE MIGHT be of Chinese descent but he speaks the four official languages of Singapore - English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil - fluently, without much effort. Mr Yap Ha Kuan, a 46-year-old Malaysian who works at Sin Kian Choon fruit stall, says he picked up all the four languages when he was a child. His linguistic talent has attracted a number of customers and one such fan is 21-year-old student Benazir Parvin, who has been frequenting the fruit stall for four years now. She says: 'He speaks Tamil really well and I come here because of him.' When RazorTV interviewed him, he gamely spoke to us in fluent Tamil, enunciating clearly and showing off his vocabulary. Mr Yap says that his secret to learning different languag...

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