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Saturday, 4 August 2018

WHAT IS IN A LANGUAGE? LEARNING THE IGBO LANGUAGE BY UCHE EZEUDU

What is in a language? The Igbo language
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Growing up, I saw people getting shamed for knowing less of the “English language”, being called “village boy! Village girl! You can’t even speak English”. Our indigenous language was termed “vernacular” and everyone struggled to have English names too, yeah it had to be classy too.

I wasn’t spared. My name is Agnes and people’s reaction to it is always somewhat judgmental. “Why Agnes?” why weren’t you given a modern name? Agnes is archaic. It’s with my name that somebody learnt new word. Oh my fathers! Everyone tried to perfect their English by imitating phonetics, speaking through the nose and so forth. So funny to me, it always made me laugh.

Our indigenous languages become neglected, some even said the language is hard to learn, chai! How can your own language be hard to learn? Are you an English man or are you an English woman? You are black! Deal with that and start being black! If speaking Igbo language will stain your tongue, why bother with the language anyway?

English language seems like an easy way out for some young Igbo people.
Go to the east and try speaking English language, you will see that you are at a disadvantage, you are the one on the losing end if you are Ibo and can’t speak Igbo, everyone else will see you as an “I too know” abbreviated as ITK, so you will be left to your own devices without assistance.

Awka, the capital city of Anambra state soon taught me to make simple sentences in Igbo language but it wasn’t strong enough and it was so embarrassing when I reverted to English in the middle of the conversation. Gosh! I began to see the importance of knowing your language, knowing your culture, your peoples’ way of life.

The language struggle is real for young ones of this age and time.
Recently a friend of mine sent me a video of a woman who frequently spoke Igbo language. I don’t think I can manage that. My own language was strange music to my ears. I genuinely began to love my language. The Igbo language interests me a lot and it’s really cool.

Your own language is cool too, learn to appreciate it.
Click here to watch me in action practising my Igbo skills.

So what’s in a language?
Your language is you. It’s your identity, it’s who you are, it’s your culture.
It’s a gift that transcended over time to reach you.
Know your language, 360life blog

So what do you think about about being a pro in your language as you adopt another?
Leave your comments below.

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