Mother tongue is the first language a child speaks when he learns to communicate. In my opinion, the child should learn their mother tongue before they learn English. The mother tongue connects the child to their roots and gives him a sense of belonging to their culture. Plus, knowing more than one language is always a plus point. Its gives the person more value. My parents always spoke to us in our mother tongue and this helped us communicate with our elders and use it as a code language in numerous places *wink*.
I know many families who talk in their native language other than their mother tongue because they are ‘ashamed’ of it. It’s a tradition in my home country, Pakistan where everyone talks in the native language (Urdu) and only the elders in the house are connected to their mother tongue. Its heartbreaking to see that the new generation are far from their values and tradition because their parents thought it would be ‘more decent’ to value their native language over their own.
We should be proud of our culture and teach our children where we came from. We need to keep our culture alive. We need to start loving ourselves.