Importance of Language
Before we get into why girls speak English more than boys, let’s talk about languages. As has been famously quoted, “Language is the light of the mind.” Today in this blog, I would like to reinforce the importance of this point. I will do so by emphasizing the importance of language in our lives.
Language not only helps us to communicate with one another but also enables us to express ourselves. One cannot communicate with another if they do not use and understand the same language.
Thus, being adept with English which has been accepted as the universal language has become one of the primary requirements for communicating in today’s world.
No matter which profession you consider, the primary language of communication would undoubtedly be English. Speaking English is crucial for your success, whether you are a boy or a girl. Everyone uses English for all the documentation, communication. Since it is the only language that performs the function of binding all the parts and people of the country as well as outside the country. You can read more about the same on: How Learning English Can Make You A Global Citizen?
Do Girls Speak English More than Boys?
When speaking about preferences for language, it is also commonly observed that girls love speaking in English as compared to boys. Scholars have cited multiple reasons and explanations for this. Majority of people believing that girls speak English most of the time because they want to show up and present themselves as classy and stylish.
They believe that speaking in English makes them appear more sophisticated. The boys like to keep themselves as casual as possible. I, like many others, do not agree with this line of reasoning as there is no rationale behind this.
Several studies have shown that the cognitive area of the brain — primarily responsible for doing mathematical tasks or calculations is more developed in males. On the other hand, Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area of the brain – responsible for language processing are more developed in females. This may be an important biological reason why girls speak English more than boys.
Though exceptions are always there, these studies have established that girls have more brain circuits for communication. Their outstanding linguistic ability is, therefore, backed by evidence and hence, their preference for the English language is justifiable.
Other Reasons Why Girls Speak English More than Boys
Also, research in the field of sociolinguistics has revealed that females are more status-conscious. As a result, they have a greater tendency to adopt the language of the higher social class as compared to their male counterparts.
Hence, girls have a greater preference to adopt English since people see it as a more refined language. The language of the lower class is, on the other hand, is looked down upon as it is more associated with ‘roughness’. Girls thus tend to veer towards the language of the higher class resulting in girls speaking English more than boys.
Apart from the above listed scientific reasons, there are various other simple reasons. These explain why English is preferred as a language and why girls love it more than boys:
⇒ All through school time, everyone lays a significant amount of emphasis on using English as the medium of communication. Students make a lot of effort in improving and developing fluency in this language.
Girls are more studious and obedient by nature and hence follow it more sincerely. Hence, they are naturally more comfortable with this language. Girls can express themselves better in this language and the result is girls speak English more than boys.
Also, all our textbooks except Hindi books use English as their medium. Hence, it is natural for us to be more comfortable with it.
⇒ Most of the time, the parents make it a point that children converse with them in English only. Also, they use the same language to communicate with others in front of the kids. Hence, this becomes a regular practice.
⇒ Last and the most important reason is India is the land of diverse languages and cultures. Thus, to have a common language to communicate and express one is of utmost importance and English serves that purpose. It makes it possible for people to communicate irrespective of their differences.
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