How proud are you of your mother tongue?

Most native speakers of any language converse every day without even thinking about its grammar, syntax, styles and without thinking about how they feel about using that language. For some people, language is just a means of communication, while for others is much more.

While studying English as a second language I have learned to appreciate my own language and it turned to be “much more”. Before studying linguistics at university I used to be part of the “majority”, I had no idea about my language historical background and its development.

Most countries put a lot of effort on learning English but almost no effort on learning their native language. We do not know our language well but we feel very ashamed of making mistakes in English. I am sure many people with English as their mother tongue feel comfortable when making mistakes. But, how many of them know the difference between your and you’re and how many know to use the apostrophe?

It’s all very well for us to talk about how great English is, but what about being proud of our native language?