What Is The Importance Of Your Mother Tongue?

India
February 28, 2016 3:34pm CST
A confusion troubles me a lot these days. In my country, people have started believing that English is the most useful Language as we are going Global. Parents least bother whether their children learn the mother tongue or not, they only focus on a bright career. Though I write in English for my profession, I have forever loved by Mother Tongue a lot. I am an Indian; to be more specific, a Bengali woman by heart. I think language is not only a medium of communication or expression, it is a part of our identity. It is connected with our upbringing, it defines our everyday living. I spend my leisure with Indian music, movies and stories. I think we exist as social beings and our lives are constructed by a group of people, like people who produce our food, who make our houses, who clean our garbage; these people have no connection with the English language! And if we do not communicate with them, probably we will detach ourselves from the flow of life! Still, I do not have enough logic to convince people about my view! May be, some people can happily exist without knowing their mother tongue! Can somebody explain it?
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• Rochester, New York
29 Feb 16
My dad was just a baby when they left Germany. He never learned German and my aunts and uncles stopped speaking it when they were little to concentrate on learning English to blend in here in the US.
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• India
29 Feb 16
Ok. It's quite common with people who leave their native land. Thanks for sharing your experience.
• Santa Rita, Venezuela
28 Feb 16
For me, my mother Language is my identity, what differentiates me when I leave my country, why I love my Spanish and I'll take you with pride regardless of social prejudices, that does not mean that we are wonderful cultures, hopefully we were like tower of Babel, and could speak all languages in turn.
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• India
29 Feb 16
Oh, It's great that you respect your own cultural identity!
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• Santa Rita, Venezuela
29 Feb 16
@arundhatiwriter must be ... grettings
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• United States
28 Feb 16
Even though I was born in America - English was the second language I learned. I learned my mother tongue even though I have never visited the country. I do not know how to write or read - but speaking was good enough for my parents to be happy.
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• India
29 Feb 16
Oh! It is great to hear that u have learned your native language willingly!
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@Scindhia (1944)
• Chennai, India
29 Feb 16
Lots of people do not give importance to learn their mother tongues. But in some instances, even the situations are responsible for people switching from their mother tongue.
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@rina110383 (24094)
28 Feb 16
Our native language is useful especially in jobs that require translation. It's not enough that you have a good command of the English language. You must also be proficient in your native language.
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@avi256 (4364)
• Pune, India
16 Mar 16
You are so right here, we surely need English as global language but we cant detach ourselves from our mother tongue. I dont really feel that it has still happened that people are ignoring their mother tongue. I live in Pune and I see how every Maharashtrian speak Marathi here regardless of what profession they are in. My mother tongue is Kannada and I converse in Hindi, English and Kannada. But my observation is that with Tamil and Bengali language, natives are very much connected to their mother tongue, and infact these two are most beautiful languages according to me in India.
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• India
17 Mar 16
Thanks a lot for your opinion. Actually I love to hear different Desi Tongues like Punjabi, Marathi, Tamil and pick up some terms or phrases that sound interesting like, Punjabi Awyii, Chetti, Marathi 'Samajhla', Tamil 'Nalle Irke'... It's a fun for me and I love the sweetness of Indian tongues!
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@avi256 (4364)
• Pune, India
17 Mar 16
@arundhatiwriter Same here, I currently live in Pune and really love Marathi language. I like the frankness yet respect in this language. Kannada is my mother tongue and since I was born and brought up in Bhopal so Hindi comes naturally to me. However, still Bengali and Tamil languages are most dear to me. They have a musical tone to it. I have few Bengali friends just beacuse I like to hear them talk.
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@avi256 (4364)
• Pune, India
17 Mar 16
@arundhatiwriter Infact I watch lot of Tamil movies with eng subs rather than Hindi dub, coz dubbed version lose its original feel.
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@MALUSE (41409)
• Germany
28 Feb 16
It's so easy to teach a child their mother tongue and English as a second language. It should be obligatory to begin with the mother tongue.
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• India
29 Feb 16
Our Bengali teacher used to say that if you learn your mother tongue properly, you can learn any language of the world with ease. May be people who are born and brought up in foreign countries do not need to follow this!
@MGjhaud (20696)
• Philippines
29 Feb 16
i speak in vernacular as much as possible when im with people but i understand if others practice in english. its not a bad thing as long as they wont forget their native tongue.
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@Corbin5 (109908)
• United States
28 Feb 16
When my grandmother came to this USA from France in 1918, she was 8 years old and was told by her parents and teachers to never speak French again. I know she cried in school and at home when she used her native language and was punished for doing so. Sadly, my mother never learned to speak French and she did not encourage me to do so either. I think I missed out on a lot by not learning the language of my ancestors. English is useful in business, but ones native language should be put to good use also.
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