Monday, 19 May 2008 7:32 PM

English Speaking

I grew up in the village and knew little english and pidgin. In high school I learned pidgin and of course english. English was mostly written but hardly spoken.

When I got to University I spoke more english and now can have a comfortable english conversation. I speak more authentic in my island language than many of the younger generations now who "contaminate" the present language with words from pidgin and english and other islands.

My point is first and foremost we must encourag our native languages. English can be learned later. Our native languages are dying out, loosing their originality/authenticity at the expense of Pidgin and english. I suggest we teach local languages in village primary schools.

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