How do I speak good English?

If I had a dollar for each time I am asked this question,

I would undoubtedly be a rich person

“How did you learn to speak English so well?”

“So you grew up in India? From your accent I couldn’t tell..”

Many hours I have spent trying to formulate

The best, most succinct reply- I estimate

That no one wants to hear what I have to say

Still, having been reminded of my foreignness, I say something anyway


I tell them how we are expected to be

At least bilingual in my parent country

I tell them that many Indians are in English fluent

Despite enunciating words with an accent

I cannot refrain from adding the statistic though

Eighty percent of English teachers world over are not native speakers, you know


What I do not say is penned down here

The sentiment is too strong to be expressed easily, I fear-

I am the product of a past inexorably ingrained

In colonialism, many effects of which have not waned

With the passage of time, such as the English language

That permeates the consciousness of those colonized even in this age

Everyone has a desire to imbibe the culture dominant

That belongs to the oppressor, the unexpressed intent

Is to find a way to snatch back the self-esteem

That was lost in colonization and that needs to be redeemed

Therefore we learn English, and learn it well too

It’s the language of success, at least we believe that is true..

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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