The second series of Mental Health Tips for Students covers the complexities of the English language.
If you don’t know English, then maybe many people will dream of shame and humiliation. Looking around, one can see that people who withdraw from the so-called society for not being able to speak English, who are afraid to mix, are scattered. Many suffer from depression because of this. But why this inferiority complex? What is the remedy?
I will tell you first why the English language is so complicated …
There is a lot of inertia in the English language. Apart from English, this inertia is noticeable among students of other mediums. Especially when it comes to job interviews at the end of studies, many people suffer from severe inferiority Complex due to not knowing English well.
Not only when entering the professional world, but also when socializing within any social boundaries, we see how those who are not fluent in English find it difficult to mix with others. It is better to say that they keep themselves wrapped up.
Knowing English is not a victory.
Being able to speak English is a great achievement – where is the place to think like that? Those who think so, but there is a problem between them. English is only one language according to other languages. Many of us prefer the English language. One can express a subject very nicely in one’s mother tongue. But if someone else expresses the same subject in English, then its acceptability becomes much more to us.
It is better to say that if the same subject is left in one’s mother tongue and spoken in English, its quality will increase a lot for us in one leap. This tendency is more prevalent among those who are doing the assessment. In most cases, we can observe a bias towards English. But because of this one-sided attitude, when one sees that not knowing English is diminishing him in terms of improvement in one’s life or in the evaluation of others, then very naturally inferiority can consume him.
Why is English so important?
We now appreciate the smartness of someone who speaks English well. Smart if you can speak English and unsmart if you can’t. In a society where smartness or acceptability is judged by knowing or not knowing English, in a society where knowing English becomes a big criterion in all cases, but in that society, the importance of knowing English comes naturally to a person.
Lack of confidence
In some cases, it is seen that someone may know English and also get a pass mark in the exam. But it is stuck. The inertia that works for not being able to speak English is at the root but ignorance is not responsible, the lack of self-confidence is responsible. If you can’t speak English, you have to be ridiculed! In this panic, many people are confused as much as they know.
It should have been much more embarrassing not to know one’s mother tongue. But we see that we don’t think about not knowing our mother tongue, but we think a lot about how fluently we can speak other people’s language.
8 Mental Health Tips for Students about English
No matter how much society evaluates us for being able to speak English, many of us cannot take it lightly. Suffering from an inferiority complex, I withdrew from the rest. There are several things that need to be done to overcome this problem.
1.Bridge of Connections English:
Do not deny the need for the English language. If people of three different languages have to work together, there is a common ground for communicating with each other. Language is needed. It is not possible to know the different languages of everyone. This is where English has a special significance.
Knowing English, however, is not indicative of our smartness, intellect, intelligence, or knowledge, it is only a part of establishing communication. English is the dominant language in Working conversations. This is something we all need to understand first. So the answer to why you need to know the English language needs to be clear to yourself first.
2.Emphasize the subject, not the language:
If it is necessary to know English just to keep working, then how much skill or excellence I can speak the language can never be considered. When someone is studying medicine or engineering, he will not do any operation or architecture in the future with his English language skills. Rather, he will do so with the knowledge gained in medical science or engineering studies.
Maybe the books or textbooks you have to read for medical or engineering studies are written in English. But the knowledge that is gained by reading them, we do the future work with the thematic knowledge or skills. Skills or knowledge of the English language is secondary in this case.
So for those who are thinking about reading a subject, I am not proficient in English, then I will read about how to do that subject through English. The answer to this question should be clear to yourself first of all. Whether there is an etymology in the English language is not considered here. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. Although it is very important for some professions to know English well.
For example, if you think that you will be the host of an English news channel, or you will be working on the Internet, or you will be a professor of English, or you will be working at an embassy in a foreign country, you need to be proficient in English. But speaking English professionally is not the first criterion of assessment, but knowing English is the only way to continue working.
3.Not a joke:
English is one of the five languages. Not an impossible thing. But we ourselves have a mindset about English, as if uneducated if we don’t know English, and omniscient if we know it. And this is exactly the reason why we suffer from a lack of confidence when there is a slight English pronunciation, spelling, or syntax mistake.
Not only that, we despise a person who has a mistake in English pronunciation or is not fluent in English. In fact, it reveals our inferior mentality.
4.A little more confidence:
It is often the case that a person who is being ridiculed for not being able to speak English may have a clear answer as to whether or not he or she knows English. His self-confidence sinks to the bottom of criticism or laughter.
In fact, as much as he has English language skills, he also fades due to a lack of confidence. So in such a situation, we need to be a little more confident.
5.Do’t be afraid to make mistakes:
Our biggest obstacle to learning anything new is the fear of making mistakes. It is not possible to learn anything one day without overcoming this fear. “It may be wrong, but I will not get confused” – this mental preparation must be done in advance.
If someone catches a mistake, we have to learn from that mistake. Arrogance will not work if you make a mistake. You have to accept the mistake. Remember, mistakes can lead to mistakes. But in order not to make a mistake, one cannot express oneself clearly if there is a conflict.
6.Required Environmental Change:
It is desirable to be able to do or say anything correctly or accurately. Yet only human beings can do something wrong. It can be not only in English but also in one’s mother tongue. But if you speak another language wrong, it is not so much despised.
Although there is a slight error in English, it is seen as huge. In this regard, our society needs to understand that a slight mistake in English is not a case of going to the abyss of the world. Knowing or not knowing this one language can judge a person’s overall ability, skill, talent
7.Living with language:
It is very important to live with any language to know it well. In other words, if you want to know English well, you have to listen to English more, you have to read English books, you have to practice writing. Watch English movies when needed.
8.Mother tongue in higher education:
In the case of higher education, textbooks are often not available in Bengali or any regional language. In that case, we have to be dependent on English. Therefore, in the case of education, there is a need for some more practice in one’s own language. So that there are opportunities for higher education in regional language as well.
There is so much that can be done with the English language, reaching out to a large number of people, that this language should be given a special place of royal honor, this biased thinking is not right. More than that, there is a need to think more about how to use one’s mother tongue in a wider field.
This article is not meant to belittle or demean any language. Written only to boost the morale of the students. Feel free to let us know if you have any comments about this article, leave a comment in the comment box below or contact us.