Learning other languages to get an edge: For non-native speakers, Mandarin gives them job boost

Comedian Das Dharamahsena credits his proficiency in Chinese for opening doors in the entertainment industry. ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM
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SINGAPORE - Business and communications consultant Manbir Chyle, 48, learnt Chinese in primary school because her father made the decision for her.

"I didn't have much of a choice in the matter," said Ms Chyle, whose Sikh father, a former Singapore Armed Forces artillery officer, believed being bilingual in English and Chinese would open up a world of opportunities for his three daughters.

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