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Child star speaks Hokkien

Actress Toh Xin Hui is a rare breed among Singaporean children - she speaks and sings in Hokkien.

Just 10 years old, she landed the role of Liang Ximei's granddaughter Xin Hui in Happy Can Already!

She also played Aileen Tan's daughter in Neo's Long Long Time Ago earlier this year.

"Xin Hui's dialect is good," said Neo. "There are very few kids who can speak dialect these days; it's almost extinct. I'm embarrassed to say even my own children only understand basic Hokkien, and are more comfortable in English and Mandarin."

Xin Hui has been speaking Hokkien with her parents and grandparents since young, and first learned to sing in Hokkien at age seven.

At the Happy Can Already! launch, Xin Hui joined the cast in singing the show's theme song in Hokkien. She made her debut getai appearance during last year's Hungry Ghost Month with veteran getai singer Wang Lei, who is training her as his youngest protege.

"Please watch Happy Can Already! because it is a lighthearted show that will leave you in good spirits," she told the audience in Mandarin yesterday.

HAPPY: The cast of Happy Can Already! (from left) Jaspers Lai, getai singer Hao Hao, Mark Lee, Toh Xin Hui, Jack Neo, Wang Lei and Benjamin Tan. TNP PHOTOS: OH XING YEE
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