A bridge to cross

q1What is there to be so fascinated about a bridge? Isn’t it?

Don’t you feel lucky to be able to read this and understand what these sentences say?

Let the confusion embrace yourself about what is to be discussed and now the time for a flashback to take place. When I was only 10 my mother took me to an Elocution class which was of course a trend those days. I went there only for one month and I told my mother “I am not going to that class anymore because I just don’t want to memorize a random poem each and every week and make fake expressions in front of some strangers that I don’t know even”. No offence to anyone but still I don’t regret the decision I made when I was just 10 years old because I am still here right now writing this, not an expert but a girl with much confidence. I did self-study, I read books because I had access to good libraries and was able to associate friends who are thorough in English but unfortunately not everyone is privileged like that.


Yes knowing English is fortunate and you know why?

No it is not because it’s a qualification for your CV!

Not because it can take you to high class society!

Not because you wear it as some accessory to highlight yourself among others!

Simply it is not a weapon to put others down!


Then why learning English is important?

Do you know that out of the 7 billion world population there are more than 1 billion people who speak in Mandarin or the Chinese Language but only 300 million who can speak in English language? [1] Things become complicated more now! Why don’t we learn Mandarin instead of English?

Actually it is not about the population but the number of countries. In that sense, only 31 countries are with citizens who are fluent in Mandarin but its 112 for English.

And now the answer is simple!

English has been automatically converted to a global language that can communicate with majority of countries. Therefore English is not a weapon but a bridge to cross that can fill the gaps among different nations to share their knowledge and resources.

As a fact are you aware that in our country only 1 out of 10 people is fluent in English but still we are boasting about learning in English medium in schools and universities? [2]

Do you know that there are many undergraduates who have dropped out of university because they are not capable to comprehend English and they could not move on with others as people has created the misconception of knowing English to be very educated and talented?


So sometimes the old tricks should work like holding drama speech competitions in English and also Once the Former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill mentioned,” If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.” If you think you know something better about the language and fluent in it why not help another?

Experts can hold free sessions targeting the most needed parts of the society that require English for growing such as children in rural areas, school leavers, and entrepreneurs who want to shake hands with the global community. If you are willing to help others no one can stop you so why not?

Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela stated,

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

If so the message I am trying to say never reached your heart. Therefore it is our duty to acknowledge the society about the opportunities available to learn English ‘in a language that speaks to the heart’, which is yes you know what it is!

Finally as a conclusion it should be noted that English language is not a weapon but a bridge to cross that let us connect globally.



[1] http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/languages.htm

[2] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ce.html


Article By Madhuka De Silva.


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