Are children who can’t speak mother tongue lost?

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A child’s mother tongue is the first language he learns, and it comes as naturally to him as walking. Language is your identity. If you don’t speak it, you are excluded by your community. Mother tongue does not simply mean the language spoken by the mother, but the language that is spoken by the child’s caretakers and sometimes, even the community.

Research also demonstrates that children learn more when they are taught in their mother tongue than they do when they are taught in any other language.

A new education policy was proposed to make it mandatory for nursery schools to include lessons on indigenous language.

So why is it important to train a child to learn their mother tongue? A strong base in the mother tongue equips a child with phonological skills that helps him master reading and writing through phonological decoding and encoding in other languages. This is possible because the child acquires the spoken language organically and can easily relate to the sounds of the spoken language with the written alphabet.

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This topic has elicited a heated debate on social media.

Do you think it’s important to let your child learn their mother tongue?

Below were some reactions.

Other people feel it’s a great opportunity to learn more things by knowing English.

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