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How do you feel about native language?

My native language is English and I feel really really proud of it, because it is an international language also I can speak with whoever I want, and everyone knows it. It makes the commutation easier :)

Are you proud of your native language while you're learning other languages and comparing them?

July 14, 2017



My native language is also English. I like it, and I enjoy speaking it, but I don't feel like I have any reason to be proud of it.

I was born in this country entirely by chance, I have this language as my mother tongue entirely by chance, and I don't feel like I can be proud of something like that- it's no different to being proud of having blue eyes or brown hair.

I am proud of being able to speak the other languages I can speak, as that's a result of my own effort and dedication rather than an accident of birth.


That's perfect, do you have any other feeling about being an English speaker?


Lots! I love all the Germanic languages, English included. I tend to get very 'enthusiastic' when people talk about English being a native language of the British Isles- it isn't!

It was brought here by the Angles about 1,600 years ago, so the vast majority of Britain speaks a language descended from that of immigrants to these isles. Thinking of it like that puts a whole new perspective on the language in general, and on the actual surviving native languages of Britain- Welsh, Cornish, Scots Gaelic and Manx.


I don't compare other languages that I'm learning to my native language, because I believe that one's native language is truly integral to one's personal identity.

I live in a country called South Africa, and my native language is Afrikaans. I'm not particularly proud of it because it's like being proud of your genetics (i.e. something that is naturally a part of who and what you are).

I do, however, feel a sense of pride when people are interested in, and want to learn my native language; and I gladly help those who want to!


How similar is Afrikaans to Dutch?


In my personal experience, they are almost too similar (but I know all the main differences in vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation, and grammar already, so I cannot be truly objective).

There is a varying degree of mutually intelligibility between the two. Dutch natives seem to be able to better understand Afrikaans, and Afrikaans speakers seem to have more difficulty in general with understanding Dutch.

When I did my first year of Dutch at university, the lecturer presented most of the course in Dutch after the introduction week; and the course was designed to be taken by native (or fluent) speakers of Afrikaans (and the main explanations in the coursework were in Afrikaans too).

This is why I decided to rather go and self-study it after that year. My knowledge of Afrikaans was actually more of a bane than a boon, and the result was that I ended up struggling unnecessarily. If the course were presented in English, from English speakers learning Dutch, I’d have definitely done the second and third years of the course and I’d have learnt the language much better at that time.

At present, I have trained myself to compartmentalise the two languages. I can now wield both independently, despite, but most likely as a result of their relative similarity.


My native language is Greek and to be honest, it's cool to know a language that uses a script different than latin :P Even though Greek is only spoken in Greece and Cyprus, I love the fact that I know Greek because so many words in English and possibly other languages were inspired by Greek, which makes language learning so much easier for me! (For example, Spanish and Italian since they share some common vocabulary, phonology and grammar with Greek!) When I tell foreigners that I know Greek they always end up telling me that they would like to know Greek and that it's a beautiful language, which can make any native Greek speaker feel so proud lol. :)

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    I grew up bilingual but I am not particularly proud of either Afrikaans or English. I just speak them :)


    Mine is Malay, and honestly I don't really feel any particular about it. I do love love the fact it's pretty similar to Indonesian which allows me to feel like I'm able to understand two languages at once. I do feel a little bit sad it's not quite a big language people always overlook Malay to Indonesian which does make me feel jealous a bit, and even Malaysians mostly prefer to use English to stand out. Even I admit that I do this sometimes, abandoning my own native language isn't a great feeling. However, I come to love it more now, that I got into linguistics more. I love that it's very melodic, very poetic, very cultural as well I gotta say.


    I am of course proud of my Welsh heritage. Although I was born in California, Welsh is my native language, seeing as I spent so much time with my grandmother because my mother was still only a sophomore. My grandmother, a Welsh immigrant to the US, was if course bilingual with English and Welsh, and only spoke to me in Welsh. This upset my bigoted preschool teachers, but she didn't care, and still spoke to me only in Welsh, and especially around my teachers~ she was amazing. Because of the fact that I haven't spoken Welsh since her death eight years ago, I have since forgotten my mother tongue, but have made the effort to relearn it on duo~


    Props to your grandma!


    My native language is Dutch, the most spoken official language in the Netherlands (the other one is Frisian).
    I agree with Mr_Eyl: I was born and grow up in this country entirely by chance.

    I am very happy, that The Netherlands is such a small country, because .....

    • I had to learn at high school three foreign languages (English, German and French), even in my math and physics profile

    • all the foreign films on TV and in the cinema are spoken in the original language, with Dutch subtitles

    • the most of my professional literature is in English (and some of them in German)

    • there are many little booklets "Dutch - foreign language" and reverse, with sentences you need on a holiday. And I was able to use them in less touristic regions in Western and Eastern Europe, where the older people could not speak any English.

    So I already was a bit immersed in foreign languages (and culture!), instead of only learning my native language and maybe only one foreign language.


    Where I'm born and my native language is a name picked out of a hat - it's completely random, not something to have pride in. Of course, the easier communication is an advantage... though it does make it harder to learn other languages. On the other hand, being fluent in other languages despite being born and brought up in one of the world's most monolingual English speaking countries is a great achievement... but I don't see pride in the native language itself.


    I wouldn't say I'm proud of English, I'm just glad to be a native speaker of it. It is so useful worldwide and so many people want to learn it. And presently, being an English teacher in Spain,it is my source of income! However, I find languages like FRENCH and GERMAN way more interesting! People learn English for practical purposes. People can learn French for practical purposes, but they also learn it because it is so beautiful and because of the culture behind it. I don't think people learn English for that purpose. People learn German because it is just plain cool, and the countries that speak it are very cool too and beautiful. People learn English out of need or advancement. People learn French and German (and others) out of pure pleasure and the literature, art, history, and culture they represent.


    "Why are you learning the languages you've chosen?" is a reasonably common thread topic in at least the Portuguese forums. Sure, there are practical reasons, but people also do find it beautiful, value its cultural output, value the fact that it is the medium to learn about so many things they couldn't get the same access to in their native language (Sure this last one is a practical purpose, and I guess you could call it "need," but it's not like job requirement kind of need - usually - it's more like desire to live a more enriched, intellectually stimulated life).

    I also think there are more than a few German learners out there who have more of an eye toward Germany's strong economy than towards its culture or landscapes.


    That's sure true about German, especially here in parts of Europe. It looks very good on your CV here!


    I recall French people I've known saying, well, you've gotta learn English, and Spanish is easy enough for us, but the real go-getters are the ones who can get German down.


    I was raised with two languages, Serbian and German. But at home, I speak Serbian. It is not spoken of many people like English or Spanish, so, yes, I am very proud of my native tongue! It helps me a lot to learn other Slavic languages.


    What kind of Slavic languages does it help you with?


    It helps me with Pannonian Rusyn, Russian and Ukrainian.


    My native language is also English. I don't really think of pride in relation to it; it's what I know. The comparisons I make with the other languages is seeing word connections or where other languages added a word to their vocabulary later when the item/word was introduced to their own. English borrows a lot of words.


    I agree with the "it's random" sentiment. I always felt like that, each of my grandparents come from a different country and spoke a different language (German, French, Polish and Serbian, though the Polish Grandma and Jugoslawian Grandpa mostly used French and German respectively, which are the native languages of my parents). So the fact my native language ended up being German was sort of random could've been anything. Maybe French, since I got dual citizenship.

    I don't know if pride is the right word, but I do like that I was raised in the Swabian dialect. I can speak High German, because I was raised in a different region and speak it most of the time (which is saying something since "our motto" is "We can do anything - except speak High German"). But I do love Swabian and love to speak and hear it. It has such a beautiful sound.


    It's something about not having English as a native language. It is always one more language because usually English is second language. I'm quite proud of fact that I use the second language a lot - native English speakers just use their native mostly. I use both.

    And what about my native Polish? Because I know Polish I can understand a lot of Slovak, Czech, Russian and other Slavic language. Some better, some worse. But I can communicate (I was in Czech Republic and maybe I didn't understand everything but in slow talk it is possible). And I am always proud when somebody is struggling with learning my language ;)


    Native English speaker. It is certainly a language with an interesting history. It's cool it provides a massive head start in learning languages from two language families (Germanic and Romance), but an obvious drawback is that the languages it's closest to (barring Scots) are a good deal more distant than would be the case in many other languages. Like others, viewing it as an accident of birth, I couldn't say I take pride in it.


    My native language is Arabic.Samuel johnson (writer) reported 40,000 lingustic bases for english.Arabic language has 80,000 lingustic bases.The Arabic language is one of the 6 languages inside united nations.The Arabic language is that of 400 million Arabs.Another 400 million non arabic moslem knows part of the Arabic.Some ancient Arabs were so clever in language to the degree that they could delegate in poetry WITHOUT preparation.Some Moslems believe that Arabic is the languge of paradise dwellers after resurrections.Some moslems also believe that Arabic was the language of Adm,the first man on earth.


    I am very proud of my native language. Of course it is something to be proud of, although you can Always learn another one

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