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Importance of mother tongue

Published Dec 12, 2012 01:05am

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COUNTRIES like China, the US and many others have made compulsory their own mother tongue in their respective educational institutions.

As a result, they are at the peak of success and prosperity. In other words, everyone wants to speak and write his or her own mother tongue, but unfortunately our own beloved languages have been neglected by our own people.

Most of us feel proud to speak English rather than our native languages.

It hurts me to say that our own language is neither being taught nor spoken in our own educational institutions. Every parent loves to send their children to English tuitions, but not for learning their own language.

The mother tongue is the identity of a nation and if it does not exist, how can a nation survive?

In addition, according to linguistics, after 50 years more than half of the world’s languages will be finished if they are not practised.

SAGHEER SAGAR Turbat