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    English is a language and not a measure of intelligence- Agree or Disagree?

    India is a multilingual country. But amidst all the languages in our country, English is the only international language which is commonly spoken among the people. Our education system also gives more importance to English when compared to other native languages. But do the people at all the levels and stages have good knowledge in English? Definitely not! Because in India there are many educational institutions which are offering education in different medium of instructions other than English. People who are not interested to learn English do exist in India. Also not everyone who had studied at English medium possesses strong English speaking and writing skills. People who have good writing skills in English may find it difficult to speak in English. When a language is considered, the comfortable level of a person varies. But in general, it is easy for a person to convey his/her thoughts or views in their own native language when compared to other languages.

    Be it an educational institution or an organization, English plays a major role in admission or recruitment process. Some competitive exams have separate section to check a candidate's vocabulary. Evaluating a person's performance or intelligence with a language is illogical. A person who is eloquent in English may not be intelligent and the person who is weak in English may not be non- rational. Learning a global language is good, but testing a person's intelligence based on his/her knowledge in English is not fair.

    Do you think Indians measure a person's intelligence based on fluency or knowledge in English? Is it good to test a person's intelligence based on his/her knowledge in a global language?

    Share your opinions.
  • #608751
    Definitely not. Intelligence is something related to the person capability to understand the matters in a proper way and see that things will go forward. That is nothing to do with fluency in any language. Whatever may be the language you speak if you are able to communicate properly in such a way that the recipient will understand the matter clearly. But how you place the matter and how you structure your work depends on your intelligence.
    We Indians even though obtained freedom from Britishers long back, we are not able to come out of the habits received from them. We feel very great if we write very complicated sentences showing our power of vocabulary. But it is not correct. We should be able to convey our intentions with simple words so that the other person will easily understand the message what we are conveying.

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  • #608809
    Absolutely no. English spoken or good communication is no way to judge someone's intelligence. But it has become Indian mentality to judge that way. Because yes there are many people who do not know how to speak in English and it is like a stigma for them. And if someone with very good communication speaks in front of them, they consider that person to be intelligent. So, this is the way how it goes in society.
    And yes we have our native language to express our views to the other person. English is given more preference because in India, people from different states speak their own native language. A person coming from South to North will not know how to speak in Hindi and similarly a person going from North to South side will not be able to speak in Tamil or other South Indian language. It is only the English language that both of them are aware of and will be able to speak and communicate with each other. So, here English plays a great role.
    But yes, Intelligence should never be calculated on the basis of how much a person is good in speaking English. Because Intelligence comes from complete knowledge and not from only speaking. The reason schools give more emphasis on this language is to make the child learn it well for future needs. And obviously the reason as I explained above.

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  • #608817
    Yes I agree with the author. English is the language and it cannot be taken as the parameter and think that the person is intelligent just because he can talk and write English thoroughly. For that matter every American can talk good English by virtue of their birth in that country which speaks only English and the children are habituated to pick up that language from the birth. That does not stop the parents there to deny education for the children. They have to impart education like we do and then only total intelligent is bestowed. So is the case of some people in India who talk English as their mother tongue.
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  • #608819
    English is, like any other native language, a means of communication. Then how can it be the measure of intelligence? India is a big country with many regions, cultures, customs and traditions. The people of different parts of the country speak different languages. In earlier days, they were located at the place they were born and brought up and spoke the language they knew to communicate with others. There was no need for them to learn any other language.
    But with the advent of time, the world has become smaller and people started interacting with others living in other parts of the country of even outside the country. In order to do so they needed some common language to communicate.
    As Puja has rightly said, 'person coming from South to North will not know how to speak in Hindi and similarly a person going from North to South side will not be able to speak in Tamil or other South Indian language.' Therefore, the need of a common language in which both are proficient arose.
    At first, Hindi was thought to play the role of this common language and hence it was declared as our National Language. However, English was preferred to Hindi because by learning this language one can have a broader contact, not only with the people living in different parts of our own country but also with people living in many other parts of the world.
    Thus, Like any other language, English is also merely a language of communication then how can it be the measuring scale of intelligence?

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  • #608822
    To me English is another foreign language which we have been studying along with our mother-language since our childhood. So, we use it as our language of communication.
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