do you speak your national language always?

@ksmita (515)
India
March 12, 2010 7:16am CST
hi. even though my national langauge is hindi, i don't speak as often as i should. its not that i don't know or anything. its just that now everything (conversing, writing,reading etc) is done in english that we end up using more of english langauge. what about you? do you still speak your national langauge often or use english langauge more?
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@shibham (17021)
• India
12 Mar 10
Yaah, my national language is also hindi but usualy i speak my local language. If i m outside of my state then i speak hindi or the local language of that state. Thanks.
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• Indonesia
13 Mar 10
So, what's ur national language???
@ksmita (515)
• India
13 Mar 10
hi Gany, hindi is our national langauge. i know the official langauge. but hindi is India's natinal langauge.
• India
13 Mar 10
I too searched in the net and Hindi is mentioned only as first official language but not a national language even in the constitution of India. Constitution mentions only the recognized local language. I looked for this in one of my books related to Constitution and even there it is not mentioned as national language. The decision for the official language is made in the parlament and Hindi won over English by 1 vote( i think it is before 22 Nov 1949). If you guys remember one incident that someone filed a petition in the court saying BJP is using the national flower as party symbol. But the court scraped the petition. If you know any details of it. please post.
@adamc151 (479)
12 Mar 10
Yes because i don't know any other languages apart from English. Would be cool to be able to speak another language though and one day i hope to learn, but i can't decide yet which language to learn :)
• Philippines
12 Mar 10
chinese is a good language to learn , because it is becoming the second universal language. i regret not concentrating in my mandarin class when i was in elementary and now i am too old to learn it.
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• China
13 Mar 10
yes, i totally agree with you chinese is a good language,chinese is full of imagination and creation. learning language is not related with your age, it's up to you want to learn or not. if you need some help when you learning chinese, just let me know ,may be i would do some help for you.
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@basqui (3890)
• Philippines
13 Mar 10
Im a Filipino and i always use the Filipino language as a means of conversing with others here in our place. i use the English at school and in the web. Sometimes i use more of the dialects in our place, the dialects of the Cordilleran region. Here in the Philippines, you get criticized if you refuse to use your own Language. However other languages are not prohibited to be used.
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• Philippines
13 Mar 10
Yes, actually, it's a rather elitist culture to use English in the Philippines (with the mixed up Tagalog-English slang especially) when people more or less speak in Filipino most of the time. Learning good English helps a lot when it comes to school work as everything (Math, Science, the works) is taught in English save for the subjects Filipino and Philippine History. Everything in the web is in English, commercials are English. But when you come down to it, we have to know our roots. In a country that was once an American colony which more influence than we could calculate, speaking Filipino (a beautiful language in itself, which a slightly whimsical tune to it) gives us a better sense of national identity.
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@humairaku (2039)
• Indonesia
12 Mar 10
I am Indonesian and my national language is Indonesian. Indonesia has thousand islands and tribes. and I belong to Javanese so I speak Javanese more than Indonesian. beside English is rare to use in my surrounding. so I use English only when it's needed.
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• Indonesia
12 Mar 10
Hi there, I'm Indonesian n belong to Javanese, too. Javanese is my mother tongue n i speak it as often as in home but outside I usually use my national lang n sometimes I switch it with my local lang. I use english if it's needed unless i prefer my national lang. I'm proud of speaking my national lang. "Bahasa adl identitas suatu bangsa yg besar". thumbs up for those who are proud of speaking their own national language such like Japanese, German, n the rest.
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@freymind (1352)
• Philippines
10 Nov 10
i do. most of the time at home. but at work not that often since we need to speak in English. also its good to practice on speaking another language for you to be able to communicate with other nationalities better. and since i've been using my national language, i don't think i would forget it anyways.
26 Aug 10
It is absolutely different in my country. My native language is Chinese which have existed for thousands of years and affected chinese deeply.It is our official lanuage, people in our county nearly speak it everyday.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 Aug 10
I live in the United States and that means that our national language is English. They aren't really good about teaching second languages here to children, so I can honestly say that I'm not fluent in another language. There are some times that I will use some Spanish, but it isn't something that I do on a regular basis because it has been many years since I was a student in the language, so I have to say that I am rusty at best.
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@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
9 May 10
most people here speak our national language so it is better tool for me to use than english. but a lot of people here can understand english but not everyone can use it.
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@sheetalnr (589)
• India
9 May 10
I do speak hindi every now and then, but i usually converse in my mother tongue or in english with others. There is a general feeling that people have that Enlgish is cool and that Hindi or your mother tongue is not, which is so wrong. Anyway, there is no harm in speaking to people in the language that everyone understands, right?
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@SViswan (12071)
• India
22 Mar 10
Our national language is Hindi..but my mother tongue isn't Hindi. I speak more English and Hindi than my mother tongue which is Malayalam. The only time I speak Malayalam is with relatives and my kids (sometimes). But most of the time, it is Hindi and English for me. Sometimes, I have to speak the local language(Kannada) of the state I live it.
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@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
18 Mar 10
of course, ksmita. there are only times when i speak a foreign language, like english. and that's when i am with people who can't speak my language, but can converse in english. more often, also, i try to use the local dialect when i visit faraway provinces here in my country, the philippines. i advocate good communications and good communications result into understanding. without common and shared tongue, no good communication is possible... understanding is also impossible.
• Philippines
16 Mar 10
Yes my national language is Tagalog, because we are Filipinos. My second language is English. I speak my national language always because I am here in my country. English is just used in a call center environment, school and those high class family whom are the rich people. Although I really want to learn English, I still speak my language at home. I will look like a nerd if I speak English all through out the day. Some of the people find it weird, maybe some of them think it as a joke. I can speak English a little but I am not that good. I love to learn English, that is why I am here in Mylot. Yes I heard, some of my friends from India used in English and they are really good.
• Estonia
14 Mar 10
In everyday life I always use my national language, Estonian. I find it normal, because it's our national language and all the business should be done in that language in our country. However, when I am communicating there on myLot, there is no other way for me but to use English.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
14 Mar 10
I feel the same way. Well, we also have a regional language and that's the language that I use everyday and in daily life. Im not an expert in that as well but I do know more deep regional words than my peers. I agree that English is more promoted as a second language in all countries and that is what we have been learning in school aside from the other academic subjects. With our national language, Im just not that comfortable using it sometimes because I would mix up the national language and the regional language and that's usually a point of ridicule, both in society and with peers. We just laugh about it but to avoid an embarrassing situation, we would just tend to using the regional language or English just to be safe.
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
14 Mar 10
I usually speak our national language in daily life to communicate with others beside my family. in family we speak karo a local language from north sumatra
• India
14 Mar 10
HI ksmita i mostly converse in hindi.. with my colleagues, friends.
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• Philippines
14 Mar 10
Hi ksmita, I agree with you. English is a very rich language that our own does not seem adequate enough to express our thoughts. At mylot, we use English. Interacting with others in English turns out to be more effective. In most countries, there are many dialects and people naturally prefer speak their own instead of learning what is referred to as the national language. People from Spain use different expressions from Hispanics. Even among Hispanic people, there is a difference in the way they talk. Having a universal language would be a great idea and I would propose English as the universal language. In this way, there will be unity and people from all over the world can understand each other better. Have a nice day.
• India
13 Mar 10
same for me. i use Hindi at home and English at work. we have people from different regions and all know a common language Hindi and English. we do communicate in hindi but that is not very often, work is all about technical things where we can not use hindi much and not preferred as everyone may not be comfortable of Hindi. I Love Speaking Hindi :)
• United States
13 Mar 10
The USA doesn't technically have a national language. Though American English is the most commonly spoken next to Spanish. I only really know English, but I do know bits & pieces of French, German, & Spanish.
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@kquiming (2999)
• Philippines
13 Mar 10
Yeah I guess so, I think my national language is still my first language because it's the language I use at home and most of the time I am at home or talking to the people at home (family, relatives, close friends). I think it's a good thing to be speaking another language fluently aside from English.
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