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Growing Up With The Language of Kings

I always had this fascination with the English language. Ever since I learned to read and write, it captivated my interest, beside my own native tongue; Opening for me a whole new world different from my own - A world of kingdoms, of princesses and princes, of queens and kings, of knights in shining armor, of noblemen and the common man, of many innumerable things. A child who found such joy in a second language or third would feel like a traitor to her own when deep nationalism is rooted in her bones. It was not easy. And yet the fascination remained – despite being inculcated with heavy ideas on love for motherland and in the words of Rizal – “Ang hindi magmahal sa sariling wika, Ay higit pa ang amoy sa malansang isda”.* To a child who secretly preferred reading in the foreign tongue, These words were damning. So much so that in my mind there was always an ongoing war while growing up with the king’s language and Rizal. Looking back, mastering both languages would have been a lot easier had somebody told me: “Go ahead, do what makes you happy, as long as you do not forget your identity. Be proud of the color of your skin. You can be unique and world class at the same time, there is no need to feel guilt, find your own rhyme.” And so today, I tell the youth who have their own native tongue: Enjoy the journey, but do not forget you are a child of your land while you discover many things, using the language of kings. Dr. Jose Rizal – Philippine National Hero, who ironically have mastered different languages including Greek, Latin, Hebrew ,Sanskrit, German, French, Italian among others, aside from Spanish and the now commonly used English language * "Anyone who does not love his own language is worse than the smell of a rotting fish." 26 July 2015 The Doesn't Fit Contest Sponsor: Carol Eastman

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Date: 3/1/2020 4:07:00 PM
Fascinating!! --- 'Worse than the smell of a rotten fish.'... Guess I was lucky: I have two first languages! Love the poem, Kim! :) Gershon
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Date: 10/20/2015 11:11:00 AM
Kim, Wonderful win. **SKAT**
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Date: 8/5/2015 5:20:00 PM
nicely done, even your note below the poem :)
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Date: 8/2/2015 7:01:00 AM
An excellent poem my dear friend Kim. You've eloquently expressed your thoughts and feelings here. Such a great poem to give advice not only to the youth but to those who're losing their pride to use their own lang when necessary. I'm also fascinated with Eng and I prefer to read, write and watch movie in this lang. and I'm learning more. Deep inside us, we know that our OWN, is already WITHIN us- fully mastered, so we seek new. Now I'm learning thai :) A 7+ for my fave. TYSM love lots,Leonora
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Date: 7/31/2015 10:03:00 PM
Another language opens windows to the world, why imagine if I taught someone that 2+2 = 4 and then said never learn that 3+3=6 because it will completely destroy your knowledge of 2+2!! We never lose who we are to learn of other languages and cultures! It only enriches us!!! Hugs
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Date: 7/31/2015 8:59:00 PM
Every land has it's own spirit, every language it's own soul and those words allow the expression of our heart's poetry...agreeing with that postulation, it would be true that a poet would express themselves, on the same subject, feeling etcetera differently with each language at their command...I like the passion you have for language, I admire the language of your passion Kim...J.A.B.
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Date: 7/27/2015 7:13:00 PM
this is wonderful advice to the young that you gave here toward the end. And I love that quote about rotting flesh. STRONG line!!!I was fascincated with Spanish and feel bad that I never quite mastered it!!
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Date: 7/27/2015 8:17:00 AM
Kim, I am captured by your title. I also echo the same, I am always fascinated by history of monarchs... I like you wants to be fluent in the English language. Hence, anything that helps me try to improve it, I am trying to do... =') well said regarding Rizal, this we must do and it's good to learn any other language that your native tongue. Why? to be more communicative and more socially in.. it is a part of learning, progress!! Insightful and well-written! A7!~Olive Eloisa and hugs!! :D!
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Date: 7/26/2015 11:15:00 PM
G'day Kim... my brother has just moved to Cebu City. What language will he have to learn? I admire people who are bi-lingual; unfortunately its a bit late for me learn. Another nice tale from you Kim - Lindsay
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Date: 7/26/2015 11:19:00 PM
That would be Visayan for Visayas the region to which Cebu belongs to also known as Cebuanon. Thank you, Lindsay! hugs
Date: 7/26/2015 7:42:00 PM
What an insightful glance into the mind of a non-native speaker. I love the way you portray the curiosity, and fascination that someone like I, have never experienced, as well as the inner-conflict. Beautifully done, and thank you for sharing this. 7+
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Date: 7/26/2015 3:49:00 PM
Kim, your write completely captivated me. You are an amazing story teller and your advise to youth is solid and profound!
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Date: 7/26/2015 1:23:00 PM
Who told you is genius and you too. Loved much “Go ahead, do what makes you happy,......find your own rhyme.” Language is the medium of expression and all languages are nice in their own places. We use generally our own language of own land and if other languages of other lands are learnt then we can learn many beautiful things and it helps us to understand the world better and in this way we can go ahead with great heart. 7 i feel. Very nice poem read from you my lovely friend. Loved always,bl
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Date: 7/26/2015 1:17:00 PM
I'm glad to read this noble write, honestly, this totally draw my mind back home,lean other languages to your own is a great thing to do. I like this uplifted write...........A.M.
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Date: 7/26/2015 1:06:00 PM
Like "Anyone who does not love his own language, Is worse than the smell of foul smelling fish."..That is exactly how I felt when they sat that fish plate in front of me at the newly remodeled and decorated restaurant..LOL..I enjoyed reading your work..I only know one language and that one not very well but I get by..Sara
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Date: 7/26/2015 9:26:00 AM
It is wonderful to speak a second language and your love of English shines through - love the footnote too:-) Hugs jan xx
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Date: 7/26/2015 8:20:00 AM
Wow this is a masterpiece. This one hit home. #7.
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