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11-year-old who speaks 6 languages is example of 1M’sia

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KUANTAN: A Year Five pupil, P Thanhya Phrassanna Naidu, has become an embodiment of ‘1Malaysia’, with her wide mastery of languages.

The 11-year-old is capable of conversing in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Tamil, Mandarin, Arab, as well as a smattering of the Thai language.

Sharing the experience that enabled her to acquire diverse languages, Thanhya said she learnt Mandarin when attending a Chinese kindergarten; Thai, when staying in Jitra, Kedah where there was a Thai community; and acquired the Arab language when her father was on duty in Saudi Arabia.

The youngest of three was speaking to Bernama at the closing ceremony of the Eighth National-level Al-Quran recitation and Arabic choral speaking competition (Kalam Jamaie competition) for schools under the education ministry here today.

Due to her fluency in Arab, she was made a member of the Arab choral-speaking team, ‘Sauntinnajah’, at her school, Sekolah Kebangsaan Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin that represented Kedah in the competition….

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