THE MOTHER OF ALL LANGUAGES

Can you believe it?! The English still dominate the whole world through their language. Which other race on earth can boast of such an achievement?

Practically, every discipline on earth owes its development through the English language. When new inventions and further discoveries are made, they are disseminated through the English language as it is the one language that can reach many people in the four corners of the globe effectively. No other language comes close to the English language in the spread of information on a large scale.

Therefore, if anyone wants to make an impact on the world’s stage, he needs THE MOTHER OF ALL LANGUAGES – ENGLISH – to do so.

Is the English language ONLY for the English people? I don’t think so.

Holy Mother!

THE BRUTAL TRUTH ABOUT LANGUAGE ACQUISITION – PART 2

It is the accepted practice that after numerous tests and re-tests, a hypothesis or a guess (in a layman’s term) becomes a law.

What about prolonged observations about a certain issue? Can’t those prolonged observations about a certain issue showing certain results be accepted as facts in the absence of tests or studies conducted?

When that issue has produced only a certain form of results for decades, can’t those prolonged observations be accepted as verifiable truths in the absence of tests or studies conducted?

When certain issues are subjected to tests and re-tests, threatening to reveal contrary and embarrassing results concerning the majority of a population, wouldn’t the entity called the government of the day try its level best to stop such tests from taking place?

Thus, the same results about a point in question gathered after prolonged observations in the absence of tests or studies conducted over a period of time can be accepted as verifiable truths.

Even governments can work hand in glove with parties that advance particular interests to alter the results of studies pertaining to any endeavour related to man’s progress in order to conceal the shortcomings of certain sections of their population. The results of these studies may also be used by these governments to advance the suitability of a course of action for the greater good of the country as a whole in the future. Governments can tamper with the outcomes of studies conducted on certain issues to legitimise their stranglehold on the various vocations affecting the citizens’ livelihood. That is the brutal truth.

Learning any language involves its four skills.

A person competent in any language should also exhibit the SUBTLETY OF THOUGHT to express his feelings and ideas to the greater population of the world.

I define subtlety of thought as “one’s ability to give an intelligent account of a matter from all angles honestly in order to deal with all the parts that make up the whole”.

Honesty is vital in any argument or debate. If parties in an argument or a debate are not honest at the outset in admitting any shortcomings with a view to rectifying them immediately, then that argument or debate is an exercise in futility. There will be no progress made at all where the matter is concerned. Things will remain stagnant forever or they will get worse.

We need to realise that not ALL environments are the same. We also need to realise that the learners whom we teach in one environment are not the same kind of learners in other environments. There are many other factors that come into play about certain races in the world.

Characteristic as an adjective means “being or revealing a quality specific or identifying to an individual or group”. The synonyms are distinctive, peculiar or specific.

Characteristic as a noun means “something that marks or sets apart”. The synonyms are feature, point or trait.

Certain races display certain characteristics.

One of it is INTELLIGENCE. Some races show quickness of understanding, and therefore have an upper hand over other races in certain disciplines on earth. Look around the world. What do we see? Can’t we see that some countries are developed and some countries are still in the third-world category? Not ALL members of the human race are capable of learning anything, anywhere. Perhaps, their environments lack the necessary infrastructure with the competent manpower or their environments are ravaged by war. Hence, some races need the structured manner to learn something valuable for their future. They can’t just jump to the complex without knowing the simple.

Another is the INCLINATION TO WORK. Some races are very hardworking. On the other hand, there are races who lack the will to work. Despite all the incentives given to toil and prosper, some races are still lazy to work. The degree of intensity to work varies considerably among the races of the world.

Not ALL members of the human race are the same in terms of characteristics, and so they don’t possess the same degree of qualities required for certain vocations.

An example will show this clearly.

When many students gain admission into universities for tertiary studies delivered in the medium of instruction called English, they are expected to show competence in English as well as subtlety of thought. After graduation, they don’t possess competence in English and they are at a total loss in expressing their thoughts clearly upon any subject-matter with confidence. Why is that so? How did they prepare their assignments in universities? What benchmark did the university authorities use to mark their students’ assignments? HOW DID THEY EVEN GRADUATE?! Is the profit-motive the only criterion for the public and private universities of a country? These “graduates” are herded into the public and private sectors of an economy. And some governments even spend a lot of money to train and re-train these “graduates” in their respective economies. HUH?!

My observations are not those of an anthropologist. My observations are those of a layman watching ordinary events pertaining to ordinary people in their everyday lives.

When a person possesses competence in a language in all its FOUR skills along with the subtlety of thought to express himself clearly in the spoken and written forms of that said language, he can truly claim to be proficient in that said language.

As such, if anyone wants to learn a language, he must bear in mind the time, effort and money (in some instances) involved to attain proficiency in the said language.

But when a lot of resources of various kinds have been put in place by an entity called a government to improve the proficiency and use in that said language of a population with no tangible results using MANY approaches over a period of decades, what does it mean?

Naturally, the blame must fall on the people who teach and learn that said language.

Naturally, these people may not just be suited to teach and learn that said language at all.

Am I a racist for telling the truth?

THE BRUTAL TRUTH ABOUT LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

The major hurdle in any language teaching and learning is the approach used. The approach to teach and learn any language makes a world of difference to the person teaching it and to the person learning it.

When the approach used incorporates materials that contain a body of objective facts presented logically to teach and learn a language, it will definitely yield the vital results of language proficiency and usage among learners over a period of time.

Those materials containing a body of objective facts presented logically to teach and learn a language must not include fun in teaching as well as learning, telling stories, strumming guitars, singing songs and dancing. One cannot teach or learn any language in the world in a playful manner.

Those materials containing a body of objective facts presented logically to teach and learn a language must include its grammar, vocabulary, sentence structures, sentence-building, summary, reading, essay writing, letter writing and comprehension. To teach or learn such materials demands a teacher’s or a learner’s serious commitment on a prolonged basis.

Interest and motivation to learn that particular language that contains a body of objective facts presented logically will be aroused in the learners and that same interest and motivation will sustain the learners’ willingness to study the language further.

When countless approaches used to teach and learn English don’t give the necessary results in proficiency and usage among students for decades, then those approaches should be abandoned altogether as they have failed to sustain the willingness of students to learn English over a period of time. Naturally, the rot sets in and repels learners to continue learning English. Then, these learners will fear learning the English language altogether.

The true substance of English teaching and learning is its logical presentation of materials based on the solid foundation of grammar. The mastery and usage of English grammar related to its sentence structures as well as sentence-building sets the stage for further work incorporating its summary, essay writing and letter writing which are essential items for a learner in his adult life.

It is also a FACT that some races around the world will not have the ability to learn English at all but these same races of people display a lot of ability to learn other languages besides English. Wouldn’t a sane, sensible and thinking person then conclude that some races around the world are just not suited to learn the English language?

Consider the fact that some members of these races, who don’t have the ability to learn English, become teachers of the English language. Wouldn’t English teaching and learning become A HORRIBLE AND TERRIBLE AFFAIR? The standard of English can NEVER improve.

Some races of people around the world are not suited to teach and learn English.

CAN EVERYONE TEACH OR LEARN ENGLISH?

English can never be the lingua franca of the world. It has many contenders that aspire to be the lingua franca of the world. For many people, this is great news.

English is a major headache for many races in the world as they are just not cut out or suited to learn the language. As English is not a “straight-forward” language, the headaches grow deeper and more painful for these races to learn it. With the many exceptions spread throughout its grammar, sentence structures, variety in sentence-building, etc., the teaching and learning of English can be a monumental task even for the English people.

In an effort to minimise the numerous headaches prevalent in teaching and learning English in the current day, a lot of approaches have been advanced. By doing so, it is hoped that the fear of learning the language among the masses around the world can be eradicated. It is a mighty fine endeavour on the part of those who have advanced these approaches.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. When all these various approaches yield no practical and tangible results in English proficiency and usage among learners for decades, something is definitely wrong with the approaches used and the practitioners who advanced them.

It is futile to argue with arrogant and misguided people. It is not their fear of teaching or learning English. It is their inability to teach or learn the English language as the majority in some of the world’s races are just not suited for it. They should admit it. For that reason, they hide their inadequacies behind their pride which is their mother-tongues. Their mothers must be very proud of them. They vehemently clamour for the relevance of their mother-tongues for all eternity even though THE WORLD IS ENGLISH in terms of economic progress.

Only funny people resort to strumming guitars, telling stories, singing songs and dancing to teach and learn English. Only funny people resort to fun in teaching and learning English. Maybe it’s in their DNA to remain as funny people forever. That is perfectly understandable.

Can English proficiency and usage among users improve without the element of seriousness? The economic scenario around the world is very serious, and yet funny people persist in doing what they do.

People who are brutally honest about their shortcomings concerning any endeavour related to their everyday lives will eventually make the right progress.

The real truth hurts but it will propel us to better outcomes when we take stock of our real abilities.

Can people who are not proficient in the English language take on life with all its manifold and serious challenges in the global economic community?

World! Here we come!

A QUESTION OF PRESENTING THE RIGHT IMAGE

Some jobs require people who project a modern image to clients.

Sometimes, companies can’t advertise openly as to the kind of attire employees should wear. The companies don’t want lawsuits coming their way and also they don’t want to be seen as practising discrimination towards another race or religion.

Another most crucial factor that employers look for in a future employee is his or her ability to communicate and write well in English as it is a globalised world where companies are fighting for business in the world’s market. Companies NEED individuals who can blend in very quickly and who don’t need to be trained OVER AND OVER AGAIN to perform their tasks. Those companies don’t have the time and the resources to train new employees.

Therefore, we really need to project an appropriate and right image through our articles as well as comments on social media platforms like WordPress, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. Those postings reveal our competence and personality to others.

THE SMOOTH ECONOMIC FUNCTIONS WITHIN A STATE

Governments run on the supply of money. Governments don’t run on the supply of water or praises to God. Least of all, governments don’t run on faith in God alone.

War costs money. A government itching for war must realise the costs involved when war plans don’t proceed accordingly. Otherwise, the coffers of the state will disappear quickly as it tries its best to finance the cost of a protracted war with an enemy nation.

Peace costs money too. To run the daily activities of a state requires prudent planning in terms of money well-spent for its peaceful existence. Even during peaceful times, the coffers of a state need to be maintained to finance its services to its citizens. Without money, everything comes to a standstill.

War as well as peace can afford some greedy politicians and their cronies opportunities to make money for themselves.

The supply of money is needed for war and also peace. Without money, nothing happens.

Moreover, no amount of religiosity can finance any endeavour. The religious bigots from all persuasions need to etch this statement into their thick skulls. Try praising God on an empty stomach and watch if He definitely and quickly answers one’s prayers during pressing times.

Therefore, the rapacity of the governing class and the religious fervour displayed by some members of a state must be controlled by a stronger electorate to safeguard the public finance of a country.

The economy of a country functions smoothly in the absence of greed and extreme religiosity exhibited by some members of the country.

EXTRAVAGANCE AND WASTAGE CURTAILED

Difficult economic times demand difficult remedies. These remedies can be backbreaking for some in the financial sense. But allaying the fears of the majority of the population through high-sounding economic phrases doesn’t seem to provide the necessary peace of mind to many people. In the present economic scenario, that peace of mind is more focused on how to hold the purse-strings.

Loosen the purse-strings and one goes bankrupt. Tighten the purse-strings and one may be able to weather the economic tempest growing globally without any positive signs of abating. So, where does that leave governments?

Policymakers can’t just purse their lips and leave everything in the economic sphere of their respective countries to market forces. The market forces going in the opposite direction have awakened to become GODZILLAS rampaging and destroying everything in their paths, economically and financially.

Governments seriously need to take stock of what is going on globally. Many economies have been experiencing a substantial and sustained turbulence since July 2014, and yet some governments are still banking on a rebound (a miracle?) to happen in the economic sphere of things. The rebound is possible when everything in the economic sphere is managed properly. Otherwise, the rebound will just stay in the clouds.

That so-called rebound should have happened a long time ago. After 2.5 years, there are still no tangible signs of a rebound. The only thing happening is a relapse into unconsciousness. Any economic doctor around?

Governments need some heavy “dose” of practical and relevant economic advice to run their respective countries. This is not the time for extravagance and wastage anymore. If the extravagance and wastage continue, they portend more trouble for the world’s economy.

May the force be with the governments.

A FUNNY WORLD

Do you think life is funny? Do you think life is a playground filled with circus clowns?

If your answer to both questions is a resounding “yes”, then you are a funny person indeed. But if your answer to both questions is a resounding “no”, then you are a normal, sane, sensible and thinking person. You are a normal human being as homo-sapiens were intended by nature.

There are a lot of funny people in the world today.

There are funny people who claim that one can teach or learn English without its grammar, sentence structures, variety in sentence-building, composition, etc.

There are funny people who think that they can take on the world without their possessing competence in the English language.

There are funny people who run countries according to their whims and fancies – one rule of law for those who govern and another rule of law for those who are governed. I can; you cannot.

The world is turning into a NUT HOUSE with all these funny people running loose in all human endeavours. There is no limit to their funny antics anymore. They even dare to make brazen claims which defy sanity at times. They are getting funnier by the day and that isn’t funny for normal human beings anymore.

According to Emerson, there is always a “levelling circumstance” to all of man’s activities that threaten his existence in the long-run.

If some members of the human race keep getting funnier by the day, then it is an overwhelming indication that their funny activities are about to be levelled very soon. It is then that the normal human beings will take over and run man’s activities accordingly.

It is perfectly natural to be funny in its proper context. Circus clowns and comedians are funny in their proper contexts – their vocations demand so. Take them out of their proper contexts and place them in other endeavours and watch their antics. Is it proper for them to be in other occupations?

In other human endeavours, we do find funny people who are not even supposed to be there in the first place. They are turning the earth into A FUNNY WORLD.

TRUE TEACHERS

People who have the knack for teaching can make a lot of difference in a learner’s life.

True teachers can make their complex subject-matters look simple and easy for the learner to understand. Hence, such teachers need to keep learning themselves in order to improve the presentation of their subject-matters.

They are the true teachers who go to great lengths and breadths to improve themselves by constantly learning new materials pertaining to their subject-matters.

 

OF MONEY AND ITS STABILITY

“The usefulness of money largely disappears if it loses its chief characteristic, which is stability, or constancy of value”.

The business and economic fronts are unstable these days. The unstableness on these fronts in the long-run can lead to political instability in a country. The economy matters. A man’s whole working life is dedicated to his economic needs. Without a stable and growing economy in his country, can a man fulfil his basic needs of food, clothing and shelter?

Economically, things as well as events won’t remain on a steady and growing path all the time. There will always be hiccups in a country’s economic performance. Even a simple layman like me knows that.

Don’t the well-educated and trained professionals in charge of managing a country’s economic performance know that? What are they doing? holidaying? travelling? bungee-jumping? praying? By not coming to grips over things on the economic front, these professionals portray to a simple layman like me that everything is being conducted in a reckless manner. Where does that leave the ordinary man on the street?

When the whole world perceives a nation’s currency in a negative light, what are the policymakers of that country doing to reverse the negative perception? The policymakers can’t just keep reiterating on how good and sound that nation’s economic fundamentals really are. The rise and the fall of a nation’s currency speak volumes.

When a currency loses its constancy of value, can the layman go about his daily routines confidently and peacefully? When the currency keeps depreciating or see-sawing, can a layman be assured that the cost of living will not spiral out of control? Wouldn’t he be worried about how to provide the next meal for his spouse and children? What is the layman going to feed his dependants – dog food? And what are the dogs going to eat then – junk food?

To remain economically relevant and competitive in these trying times, a country needs to project a serious image to address all the negative issues pertaining to its economy quickly. Otherwise, negative perceptions once formed on the economic front will be very difficult to break in the coming future. Perceptions, positive or negative, matter!