They must be cool, they must be sexy!

We've written about efforts to revive the Welsh language in the Wales, UK earlier, and how it's the older people who don't speak the language. Now let's turn to another language from the same part of the globe - Irish.

Of course, Kannada is way, way, way better than Irish when it comes to usage - Kannada's problem is not that there are no speakers. Our task is many times simpler than what the Irish have in front of them. We've got not less than 55 million speakers. Kannada's problem is that the speakers are considered children of a lesser God. Nay, the speakers themselves believe that they're children of a lesser God.

Okay, back to Irish and what we can learn from efforts to revive the language. What does it take for languages to stick around? Says Patrick O'Halen from the Society for the Preservation of the Irish Language which promotes the Irish language from kindergartens to newspapers to TV channels:
They must be cool. They must be sexy. They must have that attraction. And they must be associated with people who are succesful and succesful young people speaking Irish just as they would speak any other language. But it happens to be Irish, not English. And there are a lot of muddles out there today (in the best sense of the word) who are giving this image to them and who are impacting the mindsets of young people. It's now become much more attractive, much more cool. And that spreads to the older generation as well.
See this video to get more info on the revival of the Irish language happening as we speak. Listen to the skeptics who don't believe Irish has any chance of surviving, as well as the tough men who are making things happen:


The question is: where does Kannada stand as a cool and sexy language which attracts successful young people? Where do we stand on a scale of 1 to 5 (1-uncool, unsexy, unattractive to successful youth; 5-very cool, very sexy, very attractive to successful youth)? Vote now!

6 comments:

Pinka said...

Bingo !!
It has to be cool.

I would vote 5 for Kannada.

dandapinda said...

A 6 on a scale of 5 is what it deserves. The problem is with the people not with the language.

Clangorous said...

Take a look at this almost well written and summarised blog :

http://sankrant.sulekha.com/blog/post/2003/04/the-english-class-system.htm

but the blogger makes huge mistakes like having Sanskrit as an official/Link Language for the whole of India.

Bad Generalistations like :

"Because of a high degree of similarity between different Indian languages, cross-language learning and reading would be greatly encouraged by a common script. The development of a common script, possibly based on an enhanced version of devanagari, would also expand the market of readers for non-Hindi Indian languages in India"

Leaving the above major generalisations/blunders... blogger has putforth things very nicely about education system in India. Most of it is more relavent to English/Hindi obsessed Kannadigas

Nagendra said...

5

Jai Veerupaksha said...

Kannada truely rocks maga.......for the young lady RJ's of the various FM channels with their lovely voices chatting in musical Kannada......it would be 10 on a scale of 5. I'm already at home during my commute when I hear these RJ's speaking trendy Kannada but with that personal touch that is uniquely Kannadiga :-)

For others it is 6 on 5. If someone can take Kannada places then it is the Gen X women folks who can do so.....if they give up...No yaa....Nahi Yaa for our very own trendy sexy Kannada. Imagine a beautiful Kannadiga girl insisting her friends to speak to her in Kannada only......Maga the chances are non even non Kannadigas will pick up Kannada like a duck takes to water :-)

Jai Veerupaksha said...

Kannada truely rocks maga.......more so with the cool and sexy lady RJ's of the various FM channels with their lovely voices chatting in musical Kannada......it would be 10 on a scale of 5.
These folks truely make me feel at home even during the commute:-).

For others it is 6 on 5. If someone can take Kannada places then it is the Gen X women folks who can do so.....if they give up...No yaa....Nahi Yaa for our very own trendy sexy Kannada. Imagine a beautiful Kannadiga girl insisting her friends at the workplace to speak to her in Kannada only......Maga the chances are that even non Kannadigas will pick up Kannada like a duck takes to water :-)

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