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Learning Diverse Languages: A Road to Social Harmony

Dawood Hussain Mirza,

Al Jamea Tus Saifiyah, Pakistan

A language is not merely a composition of words and sounds but an amalgam of ideologies and faiths. It is not confined to grammatical and syntactic limitations; instead, its horizon stretches to the essence of society. In a world choke-full of differences, language can come about a savior. By eliminating the barriers to communication, learning diverse languages can lead to social and cultural harmony. My paper intends to discuss the role of learning different languages in bringing the world together by drawing a connection between different cultures and customs. In the words of Rita Mae Brown; “language is a road map of the culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going”. The presentation will discuss how indulging in the literature of a language during the early stages of language learning can prove to be more productive than being restricted to the grammar. Furthermore, in keeping with the Arabic language; the language of Al Quran, the paper provides an analysis concerning how we often fall prey to dissensions owing to limiting ourselves to one language, and relying on interpretations and translations. Additionally, I will talk over how learning Arabic and Persian language and literature has fostered my perspective of the Muslim world. To conclude, I will discuss how the Persian language and literature, despite living in an Urdu speaking society, has brought along elements that have transformed my values and character in terms of humility and humbleness.

The above abstract is a part of the article which was accepted at The Second International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics (WWW.LLLD.IR), 1-2 February 2018, Iran-Ahwaz.