We all are aware of the fact that English language dominates all other languages around the world, especially, in India. We live in a time where education resonates with the knowledge of English language.
In front of polished English language the quality and depth of content gets blurred.
Why some millenials don’t know the English language properly?
Generalising the broad assumptions, I would like to say that all of us don’t come from South Delhi or South Bombay. All of us are not born into English speaking families surrounded by sophisticated and westernised population.
So while some of our parents might have ensured that we receive our education through an English medium school, there are also those who did not.
And hence, those kids did not have the opportunity to practice English language at home or outside school. Maybe that is why some still stammer while speaking in interviews where it is mandatory to answer in English.
How a new outlook can be refreshing?
Before going to college I’ve lived in a surrounding where people always judged others on their fluency in English language or its lack thereof.
My college was a public funded college and hence, it had a diverse population.
We had people with polished looks, expensive handbags and cut-glass accent to people who belonged to a “low socio-economic” background and some of them came through complete reservation and their hostel and tuition fees were fully waved off.
But perhaps the biggest positive about the institute were the accommodative professors who were a refreshing change from the typical school teacher.
I can recall an instance to support my above statement.
During presentations whenever professors saw students struggling while speaking in English, which resulted in lack of confidence, they asked them to present in whatever language they were comfortable in, be it Hindi or any other regional language.
And if it was a regional language that the respective professor did not know, they asked someone familiar with that language to translate it for them.
Similarly, when professors used to explain a concept they made sure to ask students if their language and accent was understandable.
They were aware of the fact that north-eastern Indians have a very different accent when they speak English than the rest of Indians. Hence, one of my professors asked the only north-eastern student in my class to stop her whenever she starts to speak too fast to understand.
What is actually important?
This shows that the content and depth of knowledge is much more important than a particular medium of conveying it.
So, dear Grammar Nazis, it might be irritating for you to put up with faulty language but it is just a language, a medium for conveying information.
The latter should be more important. For your concern to be fair, I just hope that incorrect Hindi or any other incorrect regional language makes you as concerned as English does.
Next time before asking someone why they don’t even know the basic grammar or why they did not study English language properly, think twice!
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