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First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is David Rajaraman. I’m a Tamil-speaking Indian, born and raised in Brunei. I speak 4 languages: English, Tamil, Malay and Japanese. Of these, English is my first and most proficient.
You might be thinking…
“You are lucky because you grew up in an English-speaking country.”
No, the national language of Brunei is Malay.
“You must have studied English really hard.”
Nope. I learnt English the same way I learnt the other 3 languages I speak. In fact, when I was in school, English was my worst and most hated subject.
“You’re just exceptionally intelligent.”
No again. I wish that were true but I’m just a regular person like you.