Saudi Kids not speaking the Mother Language

To every parent or guardian, the birth of a child plays a critical role in the expansion of generations. In this case many take care of their children with the type of protection or mentorship which the youngster deserves. In the development stage, most children emulate the behavior of their parents. However, in some instances, young adults may emulate the conduct of the people who take care of them especially nannies. For example, a youngster can learn a particular language due to the influence of nannies even if it is not the mother language. Consequently, the parent serves as the first teacher to a child since he/she offers knowledge which cannot be taught in school. In this case, before the youngster joins a class, he/she will have gained a lot from the parent or guardian. Nevertheless, a lot of arguments have been generated questioning whether it is possible for children to learn a different language other than the mother tongue due to the influence of nannies.

In response to this particular argument, the focus goes to Saudi Arabian children who are raised by nannies and do not speak the mother language due to the influence of the caregivers. Consequently, these children speak English or Philippian English. Due to this, the youngsters’ behavior has been influenced greatly since there is diminished communication between them and the parents (Zafar, Mueen, Awedh, & Balubaid, 2014). If conversation is hindered, it becomes difficult for the children to describe what they want to their parents and this results to anger. Preference for the English language divides Arab parents. Although there are advantages and disadvantages of learning English as a second language, the rate at which Saudi’s children are learning the language has influenced their behavior. First, the youngsters are prone to suffer from erosion of culture (Unruh & Obeidat, 2015). Typically, it is evident that the mother tongue is vital in preserving cultures. In this case, adoption of English as the main language for the Saudi’s kids is prone divert their attention from Arabic at an early age. In this case, it becomes hard for them to learn the mother language once they have mastered English. The situation shows that the Saudi parents are to blame since they have allowed English speaking nannies to take care of their children.

Many Arabic parents believe that it is important to make children learn Arabic first and speak the language fluently in order for them to learn other languages easily. According to some, exposing them to English at an early stage only hampers their capability of learning English. When they are grown up, it will prove impossible to learn Arabic (Unruh & Obeidat, 2015). The parents whose children speak English instead of Arabic fail to understand that the diversity of language comprehension begins at an early stage. The language that comes first in a child’s life is what the youngster embraces. Therefore, there is presence of disagreements between parents and their children due erosion of culture brought about by preference of English instead of Arabic.

English comprehension at an early stage has caused a lot of problems to the Arabian community. As stated earlier, it is difficult for a child in Saudi to comprehend Arabic after being taught English from an early stage. The higher education committee for education policy in Saudi Arabia claims that the ultimate objective of education in the country is to assist students to comprehend Islam in a correct and all-inclusive manner (Zafar, Mueen, Awedh, & Balubaid, 2014). Moreover, the education aims at helping students to understand Islamic values, culture and teachings as well as equipping them with skills for spreading Islam (Ash, Rice, & Redmond, 2014). Therefore, a strong Islamic culture entails the ability to develop the society economically, socially, and culturally. Similarly, the education system prepares learners to make meaningful contribution to the welfare of the community. For that reason, it is evident that Saudi Arabia lays much emphasis on the cultural norms and values. The children that do not speak the mother language are regarded as foreign to the Islamic culture.

Consequently, personal discipline is another element that has been greatly influenced by adoption of English language at an early stage. Since most parents who follow strict Arabic rules do not understand English, there is a misunderstanding between them and their children (Al-Nasser, 2015). In this case, it becomes difficult for the guardians to instill discipline to the youngsters. Additionally, emulation of western culture contributes to lowered discipline levels. By accepting to speak English as their preferred and convenient mode of communication, the children also aspire to emulate English behavior. Typically, most western values are a taboo in the Islamic culture (Alrashidi & Phan, 2015). For instance, the mode of dressing by the western people defies Islamic culture and values. In this case, parents whose children learn English from an early stage continue to be in disagreements due to poor discipline.

Furthermore, failure to speak Arabic and opt English as the primary language has affected Saudi’s children’s behavior in relation to style and civilization. English is recognized globally as the primary mode of information sharing. By embracing English, the Saudi kids want to be associated with the world and can be ready to represent their country in other nations which do not speak Arabic (Al-Nofaie, 2016). While it is important to learn English since it is globally recognized as a mode of communication, people should not lose the identity of their culture. Mother tongue language should come first before one is mature enough to learn another language of choice (Al-Nofaie, 2016). Arabic parents have been furious since some of their children who are brought up by nannies learn English early in life to hinder their capability of comprehending Islam. In this case, there are cases of misunderstanding between parents and their children. The result of the misunderstanding is poor discipline.

Conclusively, the increased incidences of Saudi’s children speaking English instead of Arabic is a clear indication that the type of parenting offered to a youngster influences his/her conduct. In Saudi Arabia youngsters raised by nannies seem to understand the language used by the caregiver. If the nanny speaks English, there is a likelihood that the child will embrace English. Since many of the nannies come from other nations, the youngsters tend to adopt foreign behavior. The long term effect of these incidences is that youngsters have failed to honor the Arabic culture. Instead, they have embraced English as their primary mode of communication due to the type of upbringing granted unto them.