When will Haitians realize that french is just a language like...

Ayiti - August 16 2010, 11:44 PM

When will Haitians realize that french is just a language like any other and stop making such a big deal out of it. In Haiti, a person's ability to speak french decides where they will live, their status in life, who they can/will marry, whether they will have enough to eat, their healthcare, whether they will live or die; and a host of other very important things that should not be related to one's ability to speak a language or not. If America required people to speak perfect english before they could "BE SOMEBODY" it would have missed out on some of the greatest innovations/innovators in the world.

The French are very anal about their language and they've taught us to be the same way which has destroyed us. French is a beautiful language, the most beautiful in the world right alongside Creole, I love french.

But in the end to me, its a method of communication, like English, German, Spanish, Patois, Ebonics.

I personally don't accept/believe in the concept of superior or inferior languages or dialects.

Watching Wyclef in this Vid was funny, it reminded me of myself, a kid who also came young to America and of my early attempts at French.

I am glad to say I speak a whole lot more and a whole lot better now, though I would not consider myself fluent.

However, I know that I am no less intelligent a person for not speaking french, and that's how I feel about Wyclef, he's a very intelligent Haitian-American man who's at the top of his game, and I am not going to try to take that away from him because of his inability to speak french.

Instead, I give him kudos for trying.

Wake up people, French people are not laughing/making fun of their kids because they can't speak Creole, so we should not make our youth feel inferior for not being able to speak their language.

Instead we should support them, and educate them in many languages, that could be of use/interest to them. It would have been nice if either the French or those in power in Haiti had taught the people economically viable languages to compliment our beautiful creole, but they didn't. That's an indictment of these governments not of the people.

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Ayiti, What a wonderful post of yours. Keep going on...

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