Speaking A Second Language.

I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where six of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic was chosen by The Old Fossil. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, gaelikaa, Maxi, Paul, Shackman, and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

tow of babelTOF forgot that he has got me in the LBC.  Most urban Indians, fluently speak, read and write two languages at least, one of them being English.  Many like me are fluent in English and at least two more Indian languages.  In my case, I can read, write and speak English, Tamil, Hindi and Marathi and can speak Malalyalam and Gujarthi well enough to comfortably navigate in Gujarat and Kerala.

English despite not being an Indian language is Sine Qua Non in India for being the link language between the many states proud of their own local languages.  All attempts to make Hindi the national language so far have failed and learning English as a second language has become an obsession with Indians of languages, states and economic strata.

Any mobile Indian has to be able to manage English, his/her mother tongue and the local language where his career takes him.  If he is a salesman or in a job where his work takes him to many states, the more languages he learns to speak, the more successful he is.

The advantages are obvious and I pity those who cannot learn a second language for all that they miss.

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8 Responses to Speaking A Second Language.

  1. Delirious says:

    I have been thinking lately about how in the past two years my chinese language abilites have improved. I’m really to the point where listening is effortless. Speaking sometimes requires a little more brain power, so I’m not totally there speaking wise, but I’ve really improved in that area too. I also took 4 years of High school Spanish, and can understand quite a bit. I think if I lived in a spanish speaking country I would progress quickly.
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    • Not that I am suggesting this to you, but over here when someone has to learn a new language due to say a career move, s/he is advised to get a local boy/girl friend asap.

  2. I lived in Germany for six months and France for 13. I wouldn’t say I was proficient in either language, but it was enough to get by.
    Cheerful Monk recently posted..I Think I’ll Pass

  3. Grannymar says:

    When I was growing up in Ireland, English was the language spoken and used throughout the business world of the land. Yet, Irish was of such importance it was a compulsory subject in schools. So compulsory that if you gained 100% in all the other subjects in a state examination, but failed Irish, you FAILED the whole examination. What a way to give someone the love for a language? In all my working life in Ireland, I only had to use Irish twice!
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  4. shackman says:

    You’d be surprised at the number of folks here who speak an unrecognizable version of English as their primary language. Especially here in the south. All y’all.
    shackman recently posted..Speaking a Second Language

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