Mother Tongue

Most African families tend to renounce their mother tongue and resort to the Western language. It’s quite interesting because we’ve all been taught to master the English language, which is good. After all, that is our medium of instruction. I just get surprised when I see young children who cannot speak their home language.

Having attended a public school where education is generally regarded as of low quality, I’ve always wanted to be well fluent in the English language. I knew I had to work twice as hard if I wanted to master it unlike those who went to private schools. That’s when I resorted to reading books so that I can improve my vocabulary. Anyway, that’s not the point I’m trying to raise now.

I want to talk about the new generation of children who cannot speak their mother tongue at all. They twang like they were born with oxford dictionary on their mouth. I’d blame the parents on this one. A child is taught good English at school, and even when they come back they still allow them to speak English in the house. Parents should prompt the children to use their home language at home.

It becomes a problem when a child gets to visit his/her extended family members in the villages and cannot communicate well with them because of the language barrier. They cannot even greet in their home language. It’s unfair for grandparents who have never gone to school to connect with their grandchildren. The cousins who grew up in the villages cannot construct English sentences on their own yet expected to play with your child who cannot speak the same language as them. They will be calling your child a ‘snob’ and is not nice. Therefore it’s only fair to use the home language at home, other languages will be taught at school.

Quick facts :

  1. Speaking mother tongues mainly helps to connect better with culture and tradition.
  2. It becomes easier for a child to learn other languages if he/she can master the home language
  3. Today’s market requires that one should connect deeply with the people or clients. The mother tongue allows you to do just that – connect with people.
  4. It gives one a sense of belonging and pride. People who can not speak their mother tongue lacks confidence and it’s difficult to socialize.
  5. When a child is taught their mother tongue, they are most likely to have a high rate of intellectual capacity than the one taught in another medium language than their own.

I am still an old-school type of person and I like it like that. I still believe in decency. I bend my knee when I greet older people. And I know when I have my own family, that’s exactly how I will raise my children. They will be taught the old school way in the modern culture. Call me old school all you want but that’s just me and I’m okay with that. Teach your children their home language.

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