Do You Speak Georgian?
25 September, 2014
Do You Speak Georgian?
What language do they speak in America? English! Are there any other languages spoken in the United States? Yes, there are quite a few, especially Spanish. Can you get along without the English language in America? No, you can’t! Can you make your way successfully in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and England without knowing their respective languages? No way! Then why is it possible in Georgia to be getting along without at least a smattering of the Georgian language when you
are a Georgian citizen and you are making a living here? Why? Who is telling us that this is good and has to be tolerated? Doesn’t the Georgian citizenship mean anything to us at all? Or this is a citizenship which you can ignore, laugh at and have trodden down under your feet? If you are a Georgian citizen, feel happy enough to be living here, rear your family here, make money here, were born here and most probably will die here and finally be entombed in the Georgian soil to find there your perennial dwelling, why are some of us allowed to be totally ignorant of the Georgian language and have the right to refuse categorically from speaking it even if we need to speak it at certain occasions? There are places in Georgia where the ethnic groups, other than Georgian, are living and working, tilling the fertile Georgian land to feed their families and their good selves, and they do not know one word of the Georgian language and are not even bothering to know it, and even if they do, they are utterly refraining from speaking it when one tries to talk to them in the Georgian language. Why? What makes them so angry at the Georgian people and the beautiful and rich language we speak? Where is this damned anger and irritation coming from? Georgia is an independent country, member of the United Nations and myriad other international organizations. The Georgian language is one of the most unique ancient languages of the world with its own original writing. There is not even one important literary monument in the world which you cannot read in the Georgian language. And it is generally known and accepted that you cannot achieve success in any country of the globe unless you speak the native tongue, especially if that native tongue is a language of that nation. How come the Georgian language can so easily and so badly be ignored in the country called Georgia where the national language is Georgian? Why is this made possible? Is anybody responsible for this? Can you avoid speaking Russian in Russia? Is there any chance for anybody to survive without having the ability to speak the Russian language in Russia? Then why is it possible here? Can you make a survival in Armenia or in Azerbaijan if you do not know how to speak the national languages of these countries? Then why somebody, even one person, should be allowed to ignore the Georgian language and still have a chance of survival in Georgia? Why are we so different from these countries? Maybe we are too bad for deserving that our language be spoken here in our country which is in exactly the same way the country of ethnic minorities living here in Georgia – just as it is for the Georgian ethnos itself. No difference! We are all the same people of Georgia, taken together with various ethnic shades and hues as for example is America – one American nation with different ethnicities, living and working together, as one nation under one flag and with one national language which is English. In Georgia too, the national language – or call it if you wish official, state, most spoken or whatever – is the Georgian language and it needs to be respected and fluently used by any ethnic group living here, including Georgians. How can one explain such a nonchalance of some of the ethnic groups of this country towards the Georgian language? Could this be qualified as indifference towards Georgian culture and language? Could this be a pattern of deliberate disrespect? Could this be the result of the weakness of Georgian governments who usually come to power on the crest of national patriotic wave and then forget everything except a chance of preservation of a leading position in the country for as long as it is possible? Maybe, this is the consequence of globalization, within the framework of which all national values, including indigenous tongues and spirituality are getting ignored so badly that they are gradually disappearing from all governmental agendas! Meanwhile, language is the most significant part of the culture which may never be substituted by any other phenomenon no matter how powerful that other phenomenon is. Language is a strong adhesive that keeps a nation together and protects it from falling apart under the pressure of various global influences. Language is what unites various ethnicities under one powerful idea of survival and gives the sense of unity to those groups within the reality of one nation. Nobody has anything against any ethnic tradition, language and customs. Just the contrary! Our diversity is our wealth and power – the more the better, as the saying goes! But diversity does not mean disintegration. Diversity has value only in case it strengthens the entire nation and is working on its image of the united country, within which the ethnic groups are acting in concert in every possible field and aspect. How can you do this without one national language, the knowledge of which cannot be ignored? How can a nation survive if its entire population is not speaking the same national language? So I have a question for those who do not want to speak Georgian in Georgia: Are you against Georgia’s survival? If yes, we are all in trouble! If not, then learn it and be done with it for all of us to be better off. Can anybody suggest anything wiser and more rational than this? I don’t think so!

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