Language Ideas

Language Ideas of BABA ALEXANDER,New Delhi

 

a. Language is not the product of grammar.

Language originated before formulating Grammar rules. Language is beyond written grammar rules. When we hear others talk continuously, then we learn grammar along, that is, which words, in which ways, where we need to use etc.(This is what happens in acquiring our native tongue).

b. Never teach grammar formally or informally.

Formal or Informal teaching of grammar creates confusions and conflicts in the learner. When we teach grammar rules, the learner thinks about the grammar rules while he/she is about to talk. Then he/she can’t talk and can’t concentrate in the topic. Then talking becomes more difficult and confusing. All language related things (grammar rules and conditions) are automatically exchanged from the speaker to the listener while talking and hearing. It doesn’t mean that, there is no grammar. The teaching of the grammar is the problem.

c. For writing also no need to teach grammar rules.

Writing is also not the product of grammar. All grammar rules were formulated only after inventing script and writing. Letters and words are the written form of different sounds we uses in our talking. In that sense talking and writing are same. If a person learns the written form of sounds in a particular language (alphabets), he can write & read all the things he speaks. Letters and writing invented mainly for overcoming the time and distance limitations of talking. There is no standard format of writing also. Like talking, in writing also there are many ways, usages, styles and orders.

d. Human language is the developed form of animal’s language.

 The only difference is human can combine more sounds than animals. The origin and order of developing language or language development stages can be seen in an infant viz. making meaningless sounds (starting cry), meaningful sounds (later cry becomes meaningful), combining few sounds (usage of single words), combining more sounds (talking), writing and reading. Majority animals are still in the beginning two stages.

 e. Informal way makes more result in training language.

All languages originated informally only. It is exchanged from one generation to another informally and automatically. Languages are originated not from a set of rules, by-laws or even not from text books. Changing an informal and automatically originated language system to a formal system (by making grammar rules & making language as a learning subject) is the reason behind the failures of the conventional and formal way of teaching language. 

      Instead of teaching a language, giving maximum hearing and talking chances in an informal and real life or practical way is the best and scientific way of acquisition of a language. That means stopping formal teaching of language is the best option for the acquisition of language in people. The formal teaching of words, meaning, spelling, pronunciation etc. creates negative effect only in the learner. Because these type teaching diverts the attention of the speaker in finding meaning, checking pronunciation etc. instead of talking or answering. This principle is applicable for the acquisition of language for all native & non native speakers. The strategy should be same for building language skills in both native & non native language speakers.

f.    Same strategy should be followed for acquiring all the languages in the world.

The origin, evolution and development of languages are same for all the languages in this world. That means the same strategy should be followed for acquiring all the languages in the world.

g.  Any verbal knowledge or words without any direct/ imaginary visuals or music will not go into the sub conscious mind.

A word with a direct or imaginary image or visual stays in the subconscious mind for a long time. Words with melodies are also getting absorbed in the same way. This strategy is also applicable for the acquisition of all other learning subjects.

h.   Order of Developing Language.

Hear, one word speech, two words speech, multiple words, flow of words, flow of sentences, write, read is the order of acquisition of language in a person. This very same order we need to follow in developing any language in a person.

i.  Correcting create fear and conflicts in the learner.

Correcting automatically happens by hearing others talk continuously. Through different stages only one can reach in the fluency stage. Language is developed not for correcting and governing others but for making communication.

j.   Creating and maintaining a standard pronunciation is not practical for any language.

Language or talks in a language is not a one man’s invention. So many people have contributed and are still contributing for the development of language. Climate, geography and many factors of the place will influence the vocal cords in the matter of sound modulation & sound pattern in a person. More than that, which way one hears the sound, that same way, he develops his talking. Through the advancement in technology, communication devices and globalization, it is getting automatically reduced, up to an extent.

k.   No need to teach meaning, spelling and pronunciation.

 If we teach the writing, only after learning to speak, there is no need to teach meaning, spelling and pronunciation. These process automatically one acquires from others speech. Which way one hears a word regularly that same way he pronounces that word.

l. There is no ‘mother-tongue’.

By birth, nobody gets any particular language. In that sense, there is no ‘mother-tongue’. Childhood onward which language hears and talks more, he gets more attachment with that language and feels more comfort and gains speed in using that language. The language fundamentalists and particular language beneficiaries exploit and misuse this attachment (mother-tongue mania) for attaining their narrow political, religious and economical interests. Since, almost languages are connected with particular region, religion, cast, culture, country etc. It creates language fundamentalism in a person and one gets angry with other languages and sometimes may leads to attack on those who using other languages.

m. Never connect any language with any culture, country, religion, region, caste etc.

Otherwise, for making relationships and communication originated languages themselves become reasons for spoiling relationships.

n.     No language can continue with specific written grammar rules.

Because of the changes in technology, inventions, styles, fashion etc. of the people, new words, usages, styles will emerge & that will becomes a part of that language. Which languages seems flexible to that changes, that languages survives more than other languages.

o. Language and culture are different things.

Language acts only as a medium for exchanging culture. Change in language will not affect ones culture. Which language he uses becomes the medium for exchanging his parents and other traditional culture and things.

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