Languages – 035

Today I saw a very cute Hindi short film, Khamakha.  Its a nice little story of 2 characters meeting on a bus.  The protagonist in the film knows about 10 different languages.  True, that this is a fictional story, but I am sure there are people who knows many languages.  Like UN language interpreter, mentioned in the film.  Protagonist also mentions her teacher saying, that you should force mind to thinking in different languages. Interesting thought.  Usually thoughts are always weaved in one particular language, or in some cases 2. You think in that language, you converse to yourself in that language.  She says, that some emotions can be expressed the best in particular language only. Like “Hiraeth” in Welsh, roughly translated as “Longing for a home that doesn’t exist”.  Beautiful word with beautiful meaning. I am sure each language has its own beautiful words, has different styles of speaking, different voice modulations required.  Each language with it carries a lot of history, centuries of moulding to become what it is now.  I personally know 4 languages to speak.  English, for me is more of a formal language.  I find regional languages more personal.  Mostly because, I have grown up talking in regional languages with friends and family.  Though English is absolute necessity nowadays, I am glad I know couple of other languages too.  Sometimes I do wish to learn other languages, but never acted on it though.


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