So you have lived 10 years in Bangalore without learning Kannada, or 15 years in Bombay without picking up Marathi, and are proud about how you can manage without it; proud about how “cosmopolitan” your City is?
Kian You, a Malaysian Chinese, shows why you (probably) shouldn’t.
Link courtesy Chakrapani Ramesh
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Nice!!. There was no need to include “(probably)”. THERE IS NO REASON OR PLACE FOR SUCH MISPLACED “PRIDE”.
There is a lesson for our ‘DMK’ types in Bangalore in this video!
I definitely agree that these “proud” people need a kick on their butt! I am sure all of us would also be knowing a few people who picked up Kannada very fast why should we go gaga over only firangis’ and not any other fellow country men. I am sure the answer is not our ego!
I’ve lived in Hyderabad all my life and can’t speak fluent Telugu. I can speak a bit of Kannada though. And I don’t carfe what people think about it. If you can get along without it, then why bother?
Also shopkeepers/guides/ticket sellers(all Indians) in many our cities(Majestic, Tirupati, Mysore..as I have seen) speak more than a couple of languages fluently.
I am in no way undermining the feat of Kian You and I respect him for learning an Indian language.
All I am saying that many of my fellow country men have crossed/crossing this feat and they have no access to you tube to display the skill. This should not be a deterrent for us not to recognize and applaud their skills even though they have mastered the languages to fill their stomach!
Long term settlers (LTS) in any Indian state MUST learn the local language.
Kannadigas MUST learn to make lives of these LTS a little difficult until they do.
This feat is commendable and should be lauded. However, in a country where most major cities have hundreds if not thousands of people with multilingual skills, this is not something that should make us wonder.
Yes, learning more and more languages (National or International) is being treated as our personalities. And now if you go to Bombay and you don’t have any knowledge about marathi is being treated as natural but if mumbaikars are ready to speak out in your own language is being treated superb and quite grateful to all.
chak oye, kammal kar ta, tu ta great a bai.