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The Lives They Live: A man of many vocations

Dr Sivam with the self-study language handbooks that he came up with at the Europhone Institute, which offered languages such as French and Vietnamese. Dr K. P. Sivam at his home in Serangoon with a Mandarin language kit comprising guides, textbooks
Dr K. P. Sivam at his home in Serangoon with a Mandarin language kit comprising guides, textbooks and audio cassettes that he and native speakers created for his language course company, the Europhone Institute.ST PHOTOS: ALVIN HO
Dr Sivam with the self-study language handbooks that he came up with at the Europhone Institute, which offered languages such as French and Vietnamese. Dr K. P. Sivam at his home in Serangoon with a Mandarin language kit comprising guides, textbooks
Dr Sivam with the self-study language handbooks that he came up with at the Europhone Institute, which offered languages such as French and Vietnamese.ST PHOTOS: ALVIN HO

From civil servant, K. P. Sivam went on to provide and create language courses and later ventured into teaching

For anyone wanting to learn a language in the 1970s, there was one person who would be guaranteed to be able to help: The Man With The Golden Tongue.

Dr K. P. Sivam picked up this nickname when he sold language courses for a living.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2018, with the headline 'A man of many vocations'. Print Edition | Subscribe