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SCMP | How comedian Vivek Mahbubani came to be the funniest person in HK – in Cantonese and English

Updated: Mar 22, 2021

My parents realised the limitations of not speaking Cantonese, so they wanted my sister and I to learn. They sent us to local schools. I went to St Joseph’s Primary School in Wan Chai and had to learn to read and write Chinese. There were only five non-Chinese kids in the school.

By Primary Two I was struggling and came second last in Chinese in my year. My parents couldn’t help me with my Chinese homework, and they were worried. I got a private tutor and then went to a private tutorial college after school. I hated it, but it helped me a lot and my grades improved, and I learned to speak fluently.

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