Sangati Jogwar

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  • The first use of any language is to communicate.
  • Apart from that it is also an important part of a culture, especially a mother tongue.
  • That is why a special day to promote mother languages or mother tongue was created in 1999.

More than 750 languages are spoken in India while about 6,500 languages exist in the world. However, due to rapid evolution, one language is dying every two weeks which is quite alarming.

That is why International Mother Language Day is celebrated on February 21 every year so that the culture and languages related to them are celebrated and protected.

Language represents culture and ethos

The first use of any language is to communicate. But apart from that it is also an important part of a culture, especially a mother tongue. Many great academicians, poets, and writers express themselves freely and creatively in their mother tongue and such literature can be of immense help in nurturing a good class of human beings.

That is why a special day to promote mother languages or mother tongue was created in 1999 which is now celebrated as International Mother Language Day. Another intention of celebrating this day is to create awareness about the existence of so many languages around the world.

Generally speaking, most people around the world are aware of only their native languages and a few international languages like English, Spanish, Latin, German, French and so on that are mostly talked about around the world.

The idea of celebrating the International Mother Language Day first came from Bangladesh. On February 21, the Bangladeshis first accepted Bangla as their official language, and every year on February 21, they celebrate this day by singing songs and holding literary competitions in Bangla.

Children learn best in their mother tongue

It has been observed that children learn and understand things very fast when they are taught in their mother tongue. Thus it plays a major role in developing and shaping the minds of millions of young students.

Nelson Mandela once said that if you talk to a person in a language understood by him, it will go to his head but if you talk with him in his mother tongue it will touch his heart.

That is why preserving languages across the world is so important.

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