Has your work ever been overlooked due to not speaking English fluently? People often mistake the English language to be a marker of intelligence, but many people have proven how far from the truth that is. For instance, a man previously asked a journalist to ‘work on her English pronunciation’ and she responded with humility. Some desis also shared how they didn’t go to English-medium schools but succeeded in life anyway.
Recently, an advertising agency founder, who happens to be a Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia awardee, shared a LinkedIn status on his profile mocking someone’s English sentence formation and grammar:
And several people called out his own incorrect grammar, as well as his privilege:
Looks like in his haste to be in the 30 under 30, he skipped some Grammar classes himself!
— Trupz (@trupz) July 20, 2021
People also asked him to fix his own judgment first rather than fixing someone’s grammar:
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Serves him right! Why do Indians have this much urge to correct someone’s English? What’s the deal here? I have never seen anyone correct somebody’s Hindi as much. We have some big issues in life.
— Gunns (@Guns_16) July 20, 2021
Others pointed towards the fact that English is just a medium of communication, and nit-picking and correcting the syntax is not always required.
I wish people understood that language is just a means to communicate and as long as the message is conveyed grammar mistakes shouldn’t be given too much importance .
— V (@viceoldowlet) July 20, 2021
Knowledge is not limited to the usage of one language only, another said.
I’ve been working with Spanish, Chinese, French, Danish colleagues (including top mgmt) and their grammar is not that great. But in this country, the prime metric to judge intelligence is the fluency and immaculate grammar.
— Vishal sharma (@Vishal_VS4) July 20, 2021
What’s your take on the matter? Tell us in the comments section.
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