As has been famously quoted, “Language is the light of the mind.” Today in this blog, I would like to reinforce the importance of this saying by emphasizing the importance of language in our lives and giving reasons for preference for a particular language over others.
It is a well-known fact that language is not only the bridge which helps us to communicate with one another but is also the sole medium which enables us to express ourselves. One cannot communicate with another if they do not use and understand the same language.
Thus, being adept with English which has been accepted as the universal language has become one of the primary requirements for communicating in today’s world.
No matter which profession you consider, the primary language of communication would undoubtedly be English. Everyone uses English for all the documentation, communication. Since it is the only language which performs the function of binding all the parts and people of the country as well as outside the country.
When speaking about preferences for language, it is also commonly observed that girls love speaking in English as compared to boys. Scholars have cited multiple reasons and explanations for this. Majority of people believing that girls speak English most of the time because they want to show up and present themselves as classy and stylish.
They believe that speaking in English makes them appear more sophisticated. The boys do not get caught up in such things. They like to keep themselves as casual as they are. I, like many others, do not agree with this line of reasoning as there is no rationale behind this.
As a matter of fact, several studies have shown that the cognitive area of the brain — primarily responsible for doing mathematical tasks or calculations is more developed in males while the Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area of the brain – primarily responsible for language processing are more developed in females.
Though exceptions are always there, but these studies have established that girls have more brain circuits for communication. Reading and understanding emotions and social nuances, nurturing skills and greater skill to use both sides of the brain simultaneously, although the number of brain cells in girls and boys is the same.
Their outstanding linguistic ability is, therefore, undebatable and hence, is their preference for the English language justifiable.
Also, research in the field of sociolinguistics has revealed that females are more status-conscious and have a greater tendency to adopt the language of the higher social class as compared to their male counterparts.
Hence, girls have a greater preference to adopt English since people see it as a more refined language. The language of the lower class is, on the other hand, is looked down upon as it is more associated with ‘roughness’. Girls thus tend to veer towards the language of the higher class.
Apart from the above listed scientific reasons, there are various other simple reasons. These explain why English is preferred as a language and why girls love it more than boys:
⇒ All throughout school time, everyone lays a significant amount of emphasis on using English as the medium of communication. Students make a lot of effort in improving and developing fluency in this language.
Girls being more studious and obedient by nature follow it more sincerely. Hence, they are naturally more comfortable with this language. They are able to express themselves better in this language.
Also, all our textbooks except Hindi books use English as their medium. Hence, it is natural for us to be more comfortable with it.
⇒ Most of the times, the parents make it a point that children converse with them in English only. Also, they use the same language to communicate with others in front of the kids. Hence, this becomes a regular practice.
⇒ Last and the most important reason is India is the land of diverse languages and cultures. Thus, to have a common language to communicate and express one is of utmost importance and English serves that purpose. It makes it possible for people to communicate irrespective of their differences.
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