The importance of a language is its usefulness?

16 04 2009

Our dear Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew recently commented during a “Speak Mandarin” compaign launch that “the importance of a language is its usefulness” when he was stressed the importance of mastering and speaking mandarin.

Like a grass in the wind, which bends which way the wind blows, he advises this in relation to the rise of China. Singapore has “hijacked” English and now we must regain what was lost. So, if India rises in the future, all Singaporeans should start learning and mastering Tamil as well?

Is the importance of language just its pragmatic uses? Mr Lee, you are so wrong and wrong and wrong! I have wrote an article before on this blog about my experiences of having a split language personality. You can read it here.

I am a victim. You can judge for yourself.

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