The battle of languages
November 19 2021 · 4 min read
A language is a method of human communication it consists of the usage of words, gestures, and speech. The most prominent quality of humans is their ability to speak and communicate with each other, no other species can interact the way we humans do. As language is an integral part of human connection. Although every species have their modes of communication, humans are the only ones who have mastered the cognitive-communication of language. Language enables us to share our ideas, thoughts, and feelings with others. The first stage of learning languages starts from our childhood unknowingly. Human learns different languages during their life that including local, national or international languages but the most influencing language that exists for an individual is the mother tongue. The baby will learn the language that is mostly used around him/her, and a baby learn their mother tongue before any other language.
Why is language important:
Language is all about interacting with each other and it makes humans distinct from other animals. By learning a language we master a complex system of words, structure, and grammar to efficiently communicate with others. It is noticed that as we get older we learn to communicate even before we talk, we find ways to manipulate language to truly convey what we want to say with complex sentences. Mastering a language speed up the process of effective communication.
Culture and languages:
“If culture was a house, then language was the key to the front door, to all the rooms inside.” — Khaled Hosseini,
Language is one of the essential parts of any culture. This is the means of communication with each other, building relationships, and constructing a sense of community. There are approximately 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, and each is unique in its way.
Communication is a fundamental element of any society and language is an important aspect. As the language began to develop, different cultural communities developed collective understandings through sounds. Over time, these sounds and their implied meanings became common and language formed. Intercultural communication is a symbolic process by which social reality is constructed, maintained, repaired, and transformed. When people from different cultural backgrounds interact, one of the most difficult barriers they face is that of language.
The world is turning into a global village and different types of people have to interact with each other in international society. Now the question arises that which language should be promoted by people whether their local language which is associated with their culture, the national language linked to their country, or the international language which is becoming the need of the emerging world.
I have been noticing parents who mostly prefer to speak English with their children results in good command over English and it is good to see our young generation speaking fluent English. But there are so many negative aspects behind it, the children who learn speaking English cannot be good at interacting to people from their culture or the older people which results in lack of communication and they cannot be easily fitted to their cultures and it gradually results in the extinction of culture from where they belong. I believe if every individual starts to promote English then a time will come when we will have only one international culture and language and all other languages can be extinct.
On the other hand, some people believe in promoting their national language so that it can be recognized at the international level. Our identity is all because of our country and language is the thing that represents our society as a whole. In the context of Pakistan if we make our language (Urdu) official then we will get far away from the international society and we will get isolated and it is difficult to survive in this advanced and emerging global society. So, I believe only a national language is not enough for a society to develop in this developing world. Moreover, local language has its importance and cannot be ignored, for an individual to emerge needs to learn from the lower level and have to go to higher levels. A person’s learning and grooming start with their own culture and the society he lives in so learning local language to be fit in the society is an important thing that needs to be considered by the people.
Language is an important quality that humans possess, and we have a diversity of languages that have been spoken in the world. Now the debate is which language is important to learn in this emerging world. Everyone has their perceptions and they are right in their way but to the best of my belief, we must learn our local language first as our learning starts from our society and gradually when we grow up should learn international and national language by time according to the need. Though it is mandatory to learn English and children should learn it but stepping away from their language can be threatening for the extinction of their language.
However, there is a battle between the languages, and which language will win will be decided with time.