So we had this assignment in school to debate with another group about our Swedish language. One group was for keeping our Swedish language the way it is, and the other group was for letting the English language influence us much more then now. (maybe even changing it completely, but I'm not sure.... not that important..)
So there were some good arguments, nothing really that stood out. Except for Anne-Sophie, who, at the end of the debate, stood up and said, that for the record she has Norwegian blood in her and heritage, and how she is SO proud for knowing the Norwegian languege and proud to represent her country and culture. Even if she was born in Sweden and knows the Swedish language better than Norwegian, she still wants to represent her country.
Which I completely understand. I understand that you are proud of where you came from and proud of your heritage and what not. But it bothers me that people think that a language has so much depth to a culture. I unserstand that it does have some kind of connection and affect on it, but I don't think that the language is what represents a culture. I truly belive that the amount of affect the language has on our function in society and our history can easliy be replaced or repared in no time, from many differant ways. The amount of affect our language has on our societies structure is nothing, compared to the significant amount of ignorance and separation between eachother, we can terminate.
So even though I love the poetry between many different languages, and understand that some words can't be translated, I still think it's a sacrifice I'm willing to take.