How does language affect one’s creativity?
Language is a prerequisite of life which is a vital tool of communication. If there is no communication amongst the humans then there is no life. Imagine a society where people do not communicate with each other. It would not only be awkward but impossible to live there.
As per a rough study 6,500 languages exist on the planet earth. Few of them are widely spoken, few are spoken by a very small population, few are regional languages, unfortunately, few are obsolete and others serve as the international language for communication around the globe.
It is not just a tool for communication but it comes with a complete package of culture, civilization, and way of life. It helps you out in learning and then delivering your learnings further. It is an observation that the medium of education in 1st world countries is their native language while in developing countries the medium of education is English.
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For instance, in Hungary the primary language of education is Hungarian, in Austria they educate in Austrian German, in Denmark it is Danish. They do their doctorate degrees in their mother tongues irrespective of their fields. Meanwhile, in developing countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh the medium of education is English. Some of the credible educationists see it as a drawback of education systems and see it as our need. The opinion is very divided in this regard.
Now let’s talk about how language affects the creativity of the students. If a student is being educated in his native language/first language he
would be more creative, productive, and efficient than a student who is studying in any second language. A study was conducted in Denmark which concluded at “when you learn or work in your first language, you can create the best” and I second this. Either you’re a scientist, artist,
communicator, or an author you think and dream in your first language. If you learn and think in the same language then the best of the creative ideas would come. You can understand the second language but you can’t feel the second language unless you live in that particular society of that language.
I’m a student of English Literature, I understand English poetry but I feel Urdu poetry because it is my first language. When you learn or study in a second language your struggle and effort become double. You learn the language first and then translate and then work on it. Learning a second language becomes the biggest question mark when it comes to the medium of education at school levels. This is where it is disastrous. Such an education system has suppressed the many genius students with brilliant ideas are those buried under the grammar books now. Any of those buried ideas could bring any change or revolution in the world that could change the fate of the developing world. Acquiring a second language is one of the most complex processes in the world but we practice at the school levels in the developing world. Another damage of such a system is that it divides the students into two classes on the basis of understanding the second language (English language). This division deprives the majority of the students of opportunities to grow.
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The importance and value of learning new languages cannot be denied because it opens a new realm and widens your paradigm. When you learn a new language you learn a new culture, civilization and get the chance to understand another nation. It can take your experience of life to the next level but not everyone should be bound to acquire a new language especially for educational purposes. The second language never lets you create the best. This is the biggest hazard for the students of the developing world because they are not studying and thinking in the same language. Governments of developing countries should reconsider their policy regarding the medium of education. They should make such a policy which does not make it mandatory for every student to learn any second language but particular people would acquire the second language.
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