English?

Written By

Mamata Kolte

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My English is not good and why should it be? It’s not my language. But then I had to learn it. It was an important part of the Indian education system, so that it would help me to get a job, perform better once I got one; and I am glad that though I am not very familiar with this language, I am doing a good job communicating with my client (who speaks and understands English only). I can say that because 90-95% of times we understand each other. For the rest of the times someone has to pop in to interpret what has been said.

So yes, I am in the IT field where most of the clients are English and most important is: the computer understands English only. What to do but to learn English?

I was watching a video on Facebook, one of my friends had put it there for people to laugh. It was an Asian actress interviewing a European/American author. The backstage cameras were kept rolling even in the breaks of the show. It was an interview in English and the actress was having a tough time with the language. She was struggling hard, yet trying again and again to speak long English sentences.

It sometimes sounds funny if we try to convert our language “word for word” in English or even funny if you try to speak an English word in a “desi” accent. Ever tried saying “clock” in a Gujarati accent? Or ever heard a Marathi aaji saying “M”? This actress was sounding funny too and even the writer was laughing — and I believe the video has been put on a public site for people to laugh.

But I didn’t find it funny, not at all. In fact I felt good that she never failed to try. She kept trying and hopefully completed her interview.

It made me think further, how many languages does one have to know? If you meet a south Indian, he would probably know all  four of the south Indian languages, English obviously and sometimes Hindi too. Also, to make their career prospects better, it’s even possible that he’s  got training in French or Japanese or German or Spanish. Too much to learn.

I thought again, what if Chinese becomes an international language? Then we all will be learning Chinese. And what if Japanese? And if it is Hindi then? Then most of the lives in India would be saved

I thought again, whatever language it is, even Hindi, we will have to learn it. And let me frankly tell you, more than English, it is Hindi that I need to improve because though I speak it the most, I still stumble.

So I thought again, the next time I see any person struggling; stumbling when speaking English, I won’t laugh, I’ll understand.

He is learning.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mamata is an energetic, optimistic person who believes that anyone can do anything if one wants to. She loves to travel, write poems, watch movies, cook, garden and sing. Mamata follows her heart in anything that she does and thus can not do any thing just for the sake of doing it.

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