International Mother Language Day – a Reminder to the Parents and Kids of the Present Generation

International Mother Language Day - a Reminder to the Parents and Kids of the Present Generation

Recently on 21st February the world recognises this day as the International Mother Language day. A day to remind, remember and honour our mother language or more specifically mother tongue. I am not much aware about the global scenario but at least in our country I see a transition towards English language from Hindi or the other regional languages. Pride is found in speaking and listening to English from our kids. If a parent is found to speak in a regional language to their kid, they are looked upon as not-a-educated-so called-high standard-parent.

I personally know 3 languages fluently without one shadowing the other in accent. I speak to my kids in our mother tongue and they are be exposed to English and Hindi also equally. Even though I was advised to speak to my kids in English for their ‘Better Future’, I was adamant that my kids have to learn their mother tongue at home because schools and society would help them learn English and Hindi. I don’t thinks it shameful to speak to one’s kids in their mother tongue publically or privately. We don’t get downgraded in any ways but perception made up by the society has forced parents to adopt to English language as a primary means of communication.

I don’t oppose neither do I hate of English language and yes Iam writing this blog also in the same language which is in no matter of anything to be proud about. But Iam concerned about our kids who are slowly parting ways with their mother tongue and I fear that the generations to come may not even know what was their mother tongue or if we ever had one.

The means to successful career is correlated with English which is completely a wrong notion. Knowing one language and ignoring the other is not a solution to this problem. Let’s preserve our mother tongue in its sanctity and encourage our kids to multiple languages. Children have an amazing ability to learn and unlearn things faster than adults. So no matter whichever language you want them to learn they will pick it up at ease.

Recently on 21st February the world recognises this day as the International Mother Language day. A day to remind, remember and honour our mother language or more specifically mother tongue. I am not much aware about the global scenario but at least in our country I see a transition towards English language from Hindi or the other regional languages. Pride is found in speaking and listening to English from our kids. If a parent is found to speak in a reginal language to their kid, they are looked upon as not-a-educated-so called-high standard-parent.

I personally know 3 languages fluently without one shadowing the other in accent. I speak to my kids in our mother tongue and they are be exposed to English and Hindi also equally. Even though I was advised to speak to my kids in English for their ‘Better Future’, I was adamant that my kids have to learn their mother tongue at home because schools and society would help them learn English and Hindi. I don’t thinks it shameful to speak to one’s kids in their mother tongue publically or privately. We don’t get downgraded in any ways but perception made up by the society has forced parents to adopt to English language as a primary means of communication.

I don’t oppose neither do I hate of English language and yes Iam writing this blog also in the same language which is in no matter of anything to be proud about. But Iam concerned about our kids who are slowly parting ways with their mother tongue and I fear that the generations to come may not even know what was their mother tongue or if we ever had one.

The means to successful career is correlated with English which is completely a wrong notion. Knowing one language and ignoring the other is not a solution to this problem. Let’s preserve our mother tongue in its sanctity and encourage our kids to multiple languages. Children have an amazing ability to learn and unlearn things faster than adults. So no matter whichever language you want them to learn they will pick it up at ease.

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