Friday, 30 October 2015

Mind the language!


India is very rich in languages. Each region has its own language, i.e. In Gujarat people speak Gujarati, in Maharashtra people speak Marathi.

Our national language is Hindi and we speak English as international language. Almost every Indian would know at least 3 languages; mother tongue, Hindi, and English.

According to Wikipedia, India has these prominent languages:
Bengali
Telugu
Marathi
Tamil
Urdu
Gujarati
Kannada
Malayalam
Odia
Punjabi
Assamese

Interestingly, each language has its own history, old language from which it is derived and an origin.

Now, each regional language has other many dialects spoken in different part of the region.

Confused? Let’s understand this thing with one example:

Gujarati is an Indo-Aryan language. Gujarati is descended from Old Gujarati (circa 1100 – 1500 AD), which is derived from Sanskrit.  In India, it is the chief language in the state of Gujarat. Interestingly, Gujarati has eleven dialects, spoken in different parts of Gujarat. Kathiawadi, Pattani, Charotari and Surati are some of the significant dialects of Gujarati. Nagari, Bhathala, Kharwa, Patidari, Parsi are some of the community based dialects that are spoken in Gujarat.

Here, we just talked about one language. But each language is this much interesting.

We are accepting new languages very gracefully. Students seem to be interested in learning new languages along with their studies.

But with time, languages are being modified unnecessarily. Like BTW, gr8. And most of you know the meanings of these two examples as we all use it. Such trend initiated for fun and gave birth to the laziness: Who writes a long…….. BY THE WAY!

But really, it’s not cool. And it’s not funny even.

Someone has spent years of his/her life to develop letters, words and sentences.

Many of the Indian words have taken places in world class English dictionaries:

Many of the English, Latin, Greek and German words are derived originally from Indian words:


Root Sanskrit Word
Median word In Latin, Greek, German
Derived English word
Pithr
Pater(L)
Father
Maha
Magnus(L)
Mega
Na
Ne(L)
No
Pancha
Pente(G)
Penta
Patha
Pathes(G)
Path
Sapta
Septum(L)
Seven
SthaH
Stare(L)
Stay
The
Talis(L)
That
Vastr
Vestire(L)
Vest
Thri
Treis(G)
Three
Mush
Mus(L)
Mouse
Ghas
Grasa(German)
Grass
Nara
Nervus(L)
Nerve, Nervous
Prati Shat
Percentum(L)
Percent

Be clear with the basic knowledge of any language you speak. For example, you cannot call any one a “Guy”. Guy itself means “a man”. But we use it to address anyone; a boy or a girl. This is the most common mistake we do in our regular life.

In short, we are not showing enough respect to the languages which we all should have done being Indians.


In the era of digitalization, mobile phones, tablets and computers are the basic gadgets we use.  
With time, we are bringing advancement in our lifestyle. Our tongue and fingers are not exceptions! We are modifying everything we speak, write and read; as mentioned above, great has become “gr8”, good morning has become “gm” and good night has become “gn”. These are just the three most common examples. Youngsters use these abbreviations the most. Just imagine, a single word which is originated from other languages, which took years to be the word you know is simply spoilt just for fun! No. That is not fair.

Here are a few examples:














                   This “Thanks” is thnx and tq now.












Which is srry or sry now.









                                                                                                      
                                                                                                       
 Has become plz..

























                                                                                               
 This one is U only.











                                                                                                
 This is bcoz.





These are just a few English words as we speak in English the most after our mother tongue and national language.

The prejudice in favor of a particular language has made the people biased at a certain level.
This is the most common problem in almost all Indian families when it comes to the matter education of a young one. Both the parents’ opinions conflict the most in such cases.

For example, a mother wants her son/daughter to study in English medium school and a father differs. And this leads to the matter of competition; no, not between the children, but between the mothers. One mother would say that her son/daughter would study in a convent only. So how could the other mother not want it? No chance! Why so? It is because of the lack of proper knowledge and guidance. It is because of the human’s most common mentality of being a sheep of the herd.   

After certain age, children also start categorizing themselves. They firmly believe that English speaking kids and people are smarter and the rest are just dumb. Not every child thinks like that, but those few who think like this are also the matter of issue in a country like India where every language is embraced gracefully. Who will make these kids understand the true value of each and every language? You? Me? But before that, you and me will have to value and respect the languages and the rich history of it.

Leaders of our nation had said that education till the primary standards should be taken in mother tongue.

Education in convent or any other languages apart from mother tongue is not a totally wrong decision to make. But few of the cities do not have the proper schools of your choice. In such cases, it would be better to take a wiser decision instead of being stuck to a particular mentality.

Learning new languages is the most beautiful thing in life. Attempting different accents is also good. But degrading those who do not do is ridiculous.

Languages are the most important part of a human’s life. And we belong to a nation where we alone have so many verities of languages. We are eager to learn new and more. 

Let’s preserve the wealth which we have been gifted by our brilliant ancestors. Let’s keep our precious possession lily-white. Let’s prove our heir-ship. Let’s respect each and every language from the bottom of our heart.


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