This month’s Indonesia Banget is a bit different than all Indonesian Banget post I have written before…this is more like a rant or musing or whatever you like to call it.
As Indonesian, I am really proud of my national language, Bahasa Indonesia, because not all countries in this world have their own language. Look at the closest country to Indonesia, Australia doesn’t have Australian language, they used English…so does America. Many countries in South American used Spanish, another borrowed language. Indonesia has its own language and I believe it’s something to be proud of.
Although I am writing my blog in English but that doesn’t I don’t like my language…I just want my blog to be read by people all around the world, not only in my country. I still have another blog with my National language.
The reason I wrote this post (I have been planning to write this since last year but never really get around it till today) is because of the children in the education center I work for. There are some children of the age 3 to 5 years, they are very fluent in English. At first I was amazed…and then I asked them, “Can you speak Indonesian?” and to my surprise they said they can’t!!
What the hell? << this is my first reaction when they said they CAN’T speak Indonesian language…their own mother’s language!! How can that be??
I know that English is an important language that can carry you everywhere…but no matter how important English is, it’s a shame not to be able to speak your own national language!!
I can understand (a bit) if they can’t speak the language when they live abroad…but they live in Indonesia!!! What’s wrong with their parents?
One boy even refused and scared when someone asked him in Indonesian language.
I really have no respect toward such parents!!
Let’s look at the Japanese and Korean children at the education center I work for, they CAN speak Japanese and Korean fluently even though they are living in another country. They, the Japanese and Korean, amazed me because their parents able to keep their national language despite the fact that they are not living in their own country.
It’s just plain silly if you are an Indonesian living in Indonesia and yet can only speak English!!
One of Indonesian singers I admire the most is Anggun, she is now living in Canada (and quite famous in France) and her 3 year old daughter can speak both Indonesian and English. She proudly said that “My daughter can speak Indonesian because I always talk to her in Bahasa Indonesia” **big round of applause to you Anggun**
I really hope that this phenomenon won’t grow bigger in the future…I hate imagining more and more people unable to speak Bahasa Indonesia. We should be proud of our language just like those Chinese, Korean and Japanese…they are people who are proud to use their language!!
Next month, I will write the usual Indonesia Banget post…no more ranting 😉