Language helps me to live, laugh, think, feel and breathe

Bangladesh is all set to celebrate the International Mother Language Day on 21st of February. On this day in 1952, brave young souls have put their lives to reclaim their right to speak in Bengali.  New Age Youth has asked students to share their feeling and thoughts on the spirit of Ekushey and their relationship with mother tongue.



Taki Mantasha Shithi

University of Asia Pacific


Think, you have no language of your own. You can’t express your feelings, you can’t talk to your friends, you can’t listen to anyone because no one has any specified tongue in your country. Then how would you feel? I know it will be horrible. Yes, language lives in us. We never think about the connection between us and our language because language is a very intimate part of us. I am attached to my language when I feel hungry and seek for food to my mother. I am attached with my language when I gossip with my friends. I am attached with my language when I become angry with my love and he tries to make me smile. I am attached with my language when my daughter calls me ‘Ma’. I am attached with my language while singing our national anthem ‘Amar Shonar Bangla’. Actually language helps me to live, laugh, think, feel and breathe. I will say that language is like the oxygen of our life.



Nasrin Humayra

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

Bangla, as a language is not only a medium of expressing my feelings, but also, the language itself is a matter of my pride, created by emotion, for me. Bangla language is also intimately related to the history of our nation. In the 1952 language movement, according to many social and political thinkers, marks the beginning of the liberation war of 1971, thus paving the way towards freedom, as a nation. However, now a days, regrettably, ‘modern people’ might be seen feeling comfortable talking in foreign languages, in English or Hindi. With the emergence of English medium schools, a large pool of young generation are compelled to speak in English in their schools and encouraged to do so in elsewhere. This might seriously damage the dominance our mother tongue enjoys at present.



Noor e Zannat

University of Dhaka


It is our loftiness that we treasure the most enchanting language on earth to share our emotion. There is no other language but ours which has the ability to tingle us this much should we choose to peruse the works of legends like Rabindranath or Nazrul. Every day I fall in love with my mother tongue in a renewed way which sanctifies my inner self. Moreover, the glorifying history also stimulates to step ahead perishing every possible difficulties. Hence, I think that we should let our surroundings know about the sacrifice of the martyrs and also inspire them to approach for perceiving the treasure of our beloved mother tongue and spread it worldwide.



Sofia Kamal

United International University


Bangla is among the very few languages for which people fought to achieve it as a mother tongue. In this month of February, people of our country celebrate 21st, the international mother language day, in different ways to let our next generations know about the sacrifices they made to achieve it. It is sad to say that many of our educated people, now a days, can’t speak Bangla fluently. Somehow they use a language named Banglish — a mixture Bangla and English. How many of you can speak fluent Bangla without using words from English or other languages? I think we all should focus on our language just like we focus on our second language English. This is how we can preserve our mother tongue and we can share this language to our future generations.



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