For my language geek friends…this TED talk, a Lebanese Arabic speaker railing against people who have an inferiority complex about their native languages, is worth listening to and reminded me of conversations I had had with Kirundi speakers, Haitian Kreyòl speakers, Cree speakers and even Russian and French speakers whose peers, teachers or family members had sometimes driven them to think their language was inferior.
No language is ugly, primitive or incomplete. Each language holds a world of knowledge; each language has been used for generations to express love, knowledge, poetry and art. The moral of the story is, learn as many languages as you can, but don’t let anyone tell you “Speak White!” or “Exprime-toi!” Listen to Suzanne Talhouk’s message instead, and “Don’t kill your language!”
(Video in Arabic with subtitles in more than a dozen languages including French, English and Spanish.)