Being bilingual is nothing to gawk about these days, however when a person showing to be of Indian descent was heard hawking his wares in a mixture of Chinese language dialects extra fluently than most locals, everybody stopped and stared.
A video of the 30-year-old salesman was shared on Fb on Sunday (Feb 21), displaying him effortlessly switching between Mandarin and Hokkien as he demonstrated methods to use his mop.
“Our moms used to comb earlier than mopping. Purchase my mop, deliver it residence, open it up, it appears to be like like a flower. Put it on the ground, sweep and mop, do them each directly,” he repeated all through his gross sales pitch.
He went on to say, tongue-in-cheek: “This outdated model of mops has been round for 50 years. Fifty years in the past, Indians couldn’t converse Mandarin however now we are able to. Society has modified! Your mop ought to too!”
Whereas many netizens have praised him for his linguistic prowess, the salesperson revealed in an interview with Lianhe Wanbao that he has extra to his arsenal.
Aside from Mandarin and Hokkien, he’s additionally fluent in Cantonese, Hakka, Hock Chew, Teochew, Thai, Vietnamese, Tamil, English and Malay — a complete of 11 languages and dialects.
The person, who’s truly of Chinese language-Indian descent, stated he grew up underneath the care of his grandparents in Singapore and spoke to them in Hokkien and Teochew. When he was 13, he moved together with his sister to China the place he picked up Mandarin and Cantonese.
Although he was taught Chinese language as a part of his training in Singapore, he confessed that he had little interest in studying it till he went overseas.
He picked up different Chinese language dialects over the subsequent seven years in China, earlier than he moved to remain in Thailand and Vietnam for 2 years every, studying the native languages as he did so.
“It’s greatest to be taught a language once you’re in a rustic. After the pandemic, I plan on going to Taiwan and Japan to choose up extra languages,” he shared with the Chinese language night each day.
For now, he’s contented promoting mops at his pop-up cubicles. As an alternative of aiming to be viral, the salesperson stated he enjoys entertaining the aunties and uncles within the neighborhoods.
In actual fact, a few of them have even approached him asking if he might be their god-son, a lot to his amusement.
“I like this job! I can crack jokes and earn cash on the identical time doing this!”