Importance of a National Language


National language drives national unity in any country, even if there are hundreds of other languages and dialects present in the state. Apart from a name, a boundary, a currency, or a flag, a national language makes a county respectable. National language clearly indicates the national character of a country. If you want to penetrate and understand profoundly into a society, you must know how to speak and write their language. If you are fluent in someone else’s native language, their people will readily accept you and you can better understand the cultural aspects and nuances of that society.

National language has a connection with the people of the country and their territory. One or the other languages are spoken in a country are sometimes referred as national languages, but one must steer clear from such confusion.

The National language of a country makes the people of a country unique from others, if you respect and speak their language, it can be a favoured source of interaction at the level of entry for businesses.

Instances from history establish that all great leaders gave their best to fortify their national language. Zedong Mao from China was a revolutionary leader, who significantly respected his language. He knew many secondary languages, but he always used Chinese to communicate with others. Several nations, however, were divided on the basis of the difference in languages only.

Nations like Singapore and India use English as their official language despite having Malay and Hindi as their national languages respectively. English is an international language, which is taking the place of many national languages in several countries. Still, one must make effort to uphold their national language and not let it die. In Singapore, there are four official languages- Malay, Tamil, English, and Mandarin, with the speakers of Mandarin and English being the highest in number.

English is already a popular trend in the Singapore, but business Chinese is also regaining its status as the Chinese economy is growing. The vicissitudes of the Chinese economy push the people to learn Chinese in Singapore in order to make use of new opportunities in both the countries.

However, there is an unfortunate trend in recent times in several countries. English is inflicted upon children and adults in these countries where English is not the national language. Moreover, it is considered as a symbol of elite class and it has become a benchmark to judge the literacy level of an individual. This unfortunate trend is taking the young generations further away from the national language. Even the competitive exams are held in the English language despite having other national and official languages.

On the brighter side, thousands of economies have flourished and developed without disrespecting their national language. Countries like China,

Iran and Germany are flourishing at their best while respecting their national language and the world looks up to them for trade and learning history.

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