"One Who Does Not Love His Native Tongue Is Worse Than an Animal and A Stinky Fish" - Jose Rizal
This is an English translation of the famous line from Jose Rizal’s “Sa Aking Mga Kababata”. If we tried to think about this, is this still applicable nowadays? Would limiting ourselves, especially the children, to our native tongue help us grow and reach the peek of our potentials?
English has become the international language. Almost everyone knows English, and if not, they are trying to learn it. The point is, with English, we are able to communicate with a lot of people regardless of ethnicity. This only proves that it is important for children to speak English. It is a good thing for them to be able to communicate freely so that as they grow, they won’t be afraid to socialize with other people.
In my opinion, English-speaking children would have a huge advantage over those who don’t. They will be able to adapt to the language itself as they grow. Being fluent would help them excel in their studies, since the major subjects such as mathematics and science are taught in the English language.
Some might think that it would be hard for the children to speak English and that we should just stick with our native tongue, but I’m thinking of it this way, speaking in English serves as an early preparation to the children’s future. Being able to communicate, especially in English, opens a lot of opportunities and it gives us a chance to reach out to anyone. So no matter how hard it is to speak in English, it’s worth it.
For me, English-speaking children can go far in life and it’ll be easier for them to reach success. For speaking in English is not something that is just for the sake of saying or bragging, but it is something much deeper. It is something that would help the children grow as a person, for you can learn a lot with just a simple conversation.