Mother tongue interference or not

I recently tuned in for a radio program. Children were hosting the program. I wasn’t impressed at all. I remember while growing up, my dad used to make us speak English. Speak fluently he’d say. He didn’t want to hear any kind of mother tongue interference. Kusem iko mbakara ndopo ndopo, he’d say. Don’t speak English heavy heavy. Hehehe. That’s the direct interpretation but I’m sure you get the meaning.
These kids over the radio weren’t fluent. I was disappointed. Who’s their teacher for godssake? Who’s in charge of their press club? Okay, let’s say it skipped them all, the director of programs for the radio station nko? There’s a level of fluency I expect from kids whose schools can afford to pay for a radio session.
And in contrast, there’s another school who made a presentation on another radio station. They spoke so so well. I was super impressed. Clean English. Do those ones not have a dialect? I mean I’m not against our mother tongue. But i think our level of education should show in the way we’re able to suppress the interference.
I’m just saying my piece. Or am I wrong to think that? What do you think?

6 thoughts on “Mother tongue interference or not

  • June 24, 2019 at 4:45 am
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    Well, I can’t blame them for not speaking fluently, even the white men are also influenced by their mother tongue. If you’ve been with a French man, you will know that their intonation is quite different from a German, talkless of a Chinese. I think its easier for those that have it as their mother tongue to do the real job.

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    • June 24, 2019 at 6:27 am
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      Well, I’m concerned about the influence regardless of the nationality or tribe. None is excused.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 8:55 am
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    In my observation, i think mother tongue interference in spoken english is a generic problem, If an Italian, Indian, Spanish, Ghanaian, Igbo, Hausa, etc, man speaks english, one can easily detect from their intonation. The language of our upbringing really matters in our responsiveness to the ‘queens’ accent of english language. This will always remain as long as we concurrently using our native dialect with english as tier 1 languages. Their students of nowadays are even better off due to introduction of DICTION and PHEONICS. in our times na weting teacher tell you you carry go home. In conclusion, i see our children speak better english than us and even the future generation will be best, basically because they use more of english than local dialectin their dayto day communication.

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    • June 26, 2019 at 9:37 am
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      Exactly my point. They have alot more at their disposal and should use it to become better speakers than we were

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  • June 26, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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    I can’t relate to this, I can barely speak my language. My cousin speaks Yoruba and our dialect very well,and she speaks English fluently too “Clean English”.

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    • June 26, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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      Hahaha. You suppose don learn am by now o. So that you can pass the language down to the next generation. Na so languages dey take go extinct o

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