Mother language DayMelody
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22 February is Mother Language Day. I just thought I should quickly share my thoughts. I celebrate my own mother language which is Shona! It is a language widely spoken in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is a country in sub-Saharan Africa. About Eight million people speak this language. In Zimbabwe, Shona is an official language together with 12 other minority Languages.
One thing I have learnt over the past few years when I exposed myself to the International community, is that ALL languages are important! No matter how small that language seems to be, it equally has the same value, just like those languages considered being the big or majority languages. When I started teaching online, I tried teaching my second language which is English but it brought me less success. When I decided to teach my mother language, the response was amazing. I had more students than when I was teaching English. this showed me that even though there are fewer people speaking Shona it is still important and there is always someone who wants to learn it for various reasons. Most of my students are tourists wishing to visit Zimbabwe and would want to be able to communicate with the locals in their own language. Some students are Zimbabwean ex-pats living in the diaspora who want their children and foreign spouses to keep connected with their mother language.
Take pride in your mother tongue but don’t restrict yourself to it only. Master a second or even third language. HAPPY MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY TO YOU ALL!
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