South Africa has eleven official languages. This means that every single person at a certain part of this 9 province country has a language barrier. However, the English language has become our middle man. When exposed to environments such as tertiary institutions and workplaces the knowledge of English is very essential not only to comprehend school work, or conduct business duties but also for social reasons. It is in these type of environments where a person is given slight exposure of the world and its foreign languages and with the aid of English the world becomes smaller. This then serves as motivation for people to learn English, English grammar and to participate in English conversations.

As a person living in a commune with a Zimbabwean, two Namibians; a Malawian; a Xhosa and a few Zulus, of whom one can’t speak isiZulu to save his life, I have learned to appreciate the language of English.  Not only because it helps us communicate with each other, but also because it serves as the mediator of our constant insecurity battles which luckily aren’t as violent as the ones of who gets the remote. However, this transparency has made our impulsive choice to speak our vernacular languages rather suspicious. Many associate the acquisition of this language as the abandonment of our cultures and roots. However, to us as the youth of South Africa, I think it represents a future that is like the country in terms of trying to embrace its diversity and development. This attitude will encourage enthusiasm when it comes to learning English which has become almost a prerequisite in order to thrive in the modern world. Plus it means you can finally be able to tweet Justin Bieber about your undying love for him.

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