In countless occassions I have clearly stated that english is not my language.Not even the second one or the third. Outspoken as hell in the cradle of humanity,I still struggle to bring sentences together. The notable difference is that giving up is a sin to me,therefore I keep going,miles and miles. The journey of being multi-lingual is not an easy one. You will always carry the luggage of jokes and criticism from the pros of the language you are trying to learn. As if that is not enough you have to be prepared with ear quizes like ..what?What did you say....sorry I can not understand you...do you speak english?? etc etc. The pain of being in a foreign country does not end in only being constantly reminded that you do not belong there but also emerge from the iceberg of social justice and liberty. "When was the last time you went to Tanzania?" How many times will I hear that question? At least in Canada the question is asked a bit politely. When I was in another countries the question was "when are you going back to Tanzania?". It was a request full of commanding tone, it simply meant you do not belong here!
You have probably heard ESL(English as a second language) more times than you have heard the word "language" itself. Canada,which is now internationally known to be a haven of every culture tries to hit the social justice even in the language paths. Good job! However,have you ever asked yourself how difficult and almost impossible it is when someone is trying to teach you their language when they can not even utter one word of your language?? How does it work for God's sake?
If I am not mistaken teaching language is almost about exchanging literature, you teach me your language because you know lots or bits about mine. I believe, and heaven hear me please, language learnt that way is more fun and extremely easy. Having a good command of swahili for example and bla bla of english I can be the best teacher for a swahili speaker who wants to learn english. Unfortunately, the british empire that once ruled and colonized the entire world including Canada and United Stated, they wanted and have successfully promoted their language to sound and smell superior. If you do not speak english in today's world you are considered uneducated and somehow uncivilized.That is why even though Chinese is spoken by many people than english it is not a superior language and you can count how many people are interested to learn it.
Anyway,the point I am trying to make here is that english as a second language classes are social joke unless they become categorized in the common sense explained above. If not at the end of the day we will never know who taught me the little english I know.Is it the esl teacher or my friends and relatives at home who knew my original language and had learnt english before?