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Is "English" a criteria for "intelligence?."

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We were having lectures on Saturday; People's communication skills, to be precised, the lecturer taught on; as we sat still; listening keenly to the words she uttered. Still during the process of lecturing us, she listed and explained different listening skills, on and on; she went, until she mentioned something, something that made my mind reflect back to my secondary school days.

She said and I quote: "It's not all scientists that knows how to speak English"

But it doesn't mean that you should laugh at them whenever they speak an improper English.

She sighted and example; using a doctor as a point of reference.

She said and I quote: "If a doctor is prescribing drugs for you, even if the doctor isn't speaking fluently or prolly speaking incoherently, does that mean you wouldn't listen to what he/she has to say?"

Honestly, I'm fond of judging people's brilliancy through the way they speak and most especially; the way they type on social media.

Sometimes, whenever I hear a person speak in reality, it's mostly so different from how he/she chats on the media.

Back then in secondary school, there was this teacher my classmates and I were fond of laughing at; she was always speaking way out of proportion.

She'll say things like: you're a person, I am a people.

We always laughed so hard during her classes, infact we saved an exercise book; just for writing or penning down her grammatical mistakes.

Well that was just a little digression.

English is a general language, but the fact is that; a person's brilliancy shouldn't be directed only to people with great skills when it comes to writing in English.

This year, and my conversation with some people; made me understand that; some people are just not good enough when it comes to portraying or converting their thoughts into words, I was also made to understand that; because they are unable to do this; doesn't literally mean that they aren't brilliant.

There was a time like that when i had a chat with a male friend, this chat led us into meeting with eachother.

From our chats, I felt quite disgusted, I had this mentality that he just wasn't brilliant especially since he didn't know how well to relay his thoughts into words.

But...

When I finally saw him, things completely changed, he spoke so brilliantly in person, he was good in maths, he loved science so much...and so much more.

I was beyond shocked, I kept asking myself rhetorically:

"Is this the same person I usually chat with on the media? Or perhaps his twin"

To wrap it all up and in conclusion; In some cases, English shouldn't be use as a criteria to determine or weigh intelligence.

I feel that English is a great language, but the truth is that; not everyone knows how to write English fluently, but it doesn't still make them less of themselves.

I'm not also that fluent in speaking or writing in English, I guess that's why technology is making it easier by introducing apps like grammarly.

Well...

I'm just free writing about my candid opinion, if you're objecting to this, do let me know in the comment section, I want to learn and know if I'm wrong or right.

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I will say English isn't a true test of knowledge. I grew up in an environment where people didn't value English much, so most times it was Yoruba we all spoke and pidgin. We all felt English was meant for school and so should remain there. But in our midst were brilliant people. If you find any of us at home, you will shove us away.. But when it comes to activity in school, we will surprise you.

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3 months ago

Wow! And now I've learnt alot from this. Thanks for sharing this lovely opinion of yours dear

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3 months ago

I used to have a shirt that says "In school, I learned to speak gooder English." LOL. Anyway, unfortnately, in many countries, even those countries where English is not their primary language, they consider English as a criteria for "inteligence". However, there are countries whose people are not that proficient in speaking English, but they excel in other areas like math and science. Like India. I have observed that most people there are not that that proficient in English, but when it comes to Math and Information Technology, they can beath most of their neighboring countries.

As Einstein said, "Everyone is a genius in their own way"... (or something like that.)

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Wow! I noticed so, Indians aren't really fluent in speaking English, but they are definitely good and awesome in doing other things.

Einstein said it all.

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Hahaha I understand your point perfectly. English is just a way to express ourselves and if you ask the same person to express himself in the way he would feel comfortable, he might do better.

Age is not a measure of maturity. Because you took a vow doesn't mean you know how to love. Because you speak Latin doesn't mean you know how to speak. Because two lips met doesn't mean two hearts joined. Being famous is not the same as being relevant. I can go on and on. It's a way of expression and not a true measure of intelligence, in my own opinion. I've known countless people who are reservoir of knowledge but never had a thought.

The funny thing is, even the English most of us speak, we still make mistakes....just not the glaring ones. I know some who can write so well in English but can't speak well and some who can speak so fluently but would struggle to scribble it down.

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3 months ago

Omo!! 😂 That last paragraph though, likee it's just so true, that last paragraph really hammered alot on the point you are driving at. I've seen those kinds also; they speak fluently but can't scribble words down. And you're very right Mr Ola, most of the English we speak bears alot of mistakes even if it's not glaring to the eyes of others.

Lol, English is just somehow complicated

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3 months ago

English can disgrace someone 😂😂🤣. We just go with the flow.

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3 months ago

You have thrown light on the important aspect of our society. In most of countries of the world English is the official language. It is a burden for the students to get command on English language along their national and maternal languages. It has been the reason of failure of large number of students in the world

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The truth is that we(Nigerians especially) are fond of measuring someone's intelligence with English, even though we've heard sermons against that.

I once had a female friend from Warri that knows how to speak fluently because she was brought up in an English town, but when I tried her intelligence on writting, omo it was a blunder🤪.

Most times fluency in English is not Attached to English

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Lol 😂😂 Omo!! We're guilty as charged. Lol...

Aaah, she's from Warri and she speaks fluently!? I guess some people find it difficult to scribble it down, prolly because of issues with spellings

I love this last sentence, it hit the nail on the head.

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3 months ago

English is not our primary language, so it is understandable that many cannot come up with a grammatically correct statement in most instances. Though many people from our country can understand because it is being taught in school. And yes, it should not be used as a measurement of one's ability.

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This is true, dear friend. English is not our primary language so it's indeed understandable, it's because of the fact that English is taught in school, that's why we are actually learning it. Thanks for sharing your humble opinion dear friend.

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3 months ago

I the past english was leading language due to economy of USA but nowadays things are changed China economy is increasing despite US one and many starts learning chinese.

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The funny thing is that it's only English language that changes over time. It's only in English that we have words and phrases that are termed "outdated". It does not happen in other languages. That's one of the reasons it's very hard for some people to understand the language.

Now to the crux of the issue, you're right, no one should ever judge another's intelligence based on their ability to speak the English language. Even some English men can't speak their language correctly, that doesn't mean that anyone is stupid. But I won't lie, I've also been a victim of this English = intelligence thing

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Honestly speaking, likeee. I don't know why their words keep getting outdated. It makes it quite difficult to actually understand.

Yes dear friend, you're indeed right, because a person can't speak English correctly doesn't mean the person is stupid.

Aah! Really 😂 I guess we've all learnt

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That's why I don't actually see English as a real 'language'

I guess we've all learnt

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Intelligence and knowledge are two entirely different things. Lack of intelligence is incurable, lack of knowledge is not. Intelligent or not, everyone starts ignorant, that's just how it is. Then it is possible to be intelligent but ignorant about certain things, such as this or that language. Intelligence is not knowledge, and knowledge is not intelligence. Then it can be so that it is easier for the one who is intelligent to absorb new knowledge, but that doesn't make intelligence and knowledge to the same thing.

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3 months ago

People who are born and know English since childhood will also be overwhelmed when learning other languages.

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3 months ago

Truly, this is very accurate. I am an example of such kinds of people, I really want to learn other languages

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3 months ago

Yes sis, we should not make English language as a tool to measure one's intelligent. I can tell my husband have brilliant mind but he doesn't know how to say or write english.

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Awwwwwn, thanks for your sincere opinion dear, you're right. I'll definitely change my way, I've seen people way brilliant than I am, but just can't express themselves in English

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3 months ago

When I was young, I thought when I am capable of speaking English. I would be intelligent like others. But it's not.

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3 months ago

Alot of words are hidden in-between this precised words of yours Marc, indeed you're right.

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You are very much correct, some people are just not good in terms of expressing themselves in English, either grammatical or in the aspect of spoken English, but they are much better at the other way round.

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3 months ago

Yes dear, you're right, then I guess English doesn't measure up with a person's intelligence

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3 months ago

English isn't really a measure of intelligence, the most brilliant people are those who can't express themselves better with words but does that with actions.. So will you judge a man because he spoke 'we is the people "

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3 months ago

Wow! I love this statement of yours dearest Wrinkle. Indeed dear, I shouldn't judge a man because of that.

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3 months ago

LoL. I agree that English shouldn't be used as a yardstick to measure intelligence, and oftentimes, there is the sentiment that those who use lots of 'big word' appear smart. Speaking correct and eloquent grammar actually leaves a good impression. Generally speaking, English is just another language, and learning a language does require intellectual work.

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3 months ago

Uhhhm 🤔 wow! Brilliant!, Never really thought of this in this way, you're right Aimure, English is definitely just another language and it truly doesn't require intellectual work. Now this is so true.

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3 months ago

That’s the funny thing I know a lot of far intelligent people that cannot speak good English. Take Asians for example the Chinese and the Indians. These guys are far above in technological advancement yet their English is not too sound.. we wey dey form English speaking country where we dey ?

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3 months ago

Lol 😂it's the question for me, ah, but that vawulence was thrEE much 😂

You're indeed right Levi, then I guess English is truly not a criteria for intelligence

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3 months ago

That is why I am trying to make my english correct and fluent when it comes to speaking especially that you are a college graduate, people here in our place has a high expectation , if you are a graduate then you have fluent nlin english..

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You're really trying dear, with consistency and patience, I'm sure you'll attain your goal.

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3 months ago

Here in our country once you are good at speaking English people will assume that you are smart already hahaha I am not also fluent in Speaking or even writing using the English Language but I am trying to be better everyday 😅.

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3 months ago

Awwwwwn, yes dear. English has really gotten a big name in people's lives, speaking English fluently means one is sound and smart.

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3 months ago

You made a brilliant point here Ella, I think am also a victim of looking down on people, or judging they aren't brilliant by merely hearing them speak or having an online chat with them. There's this girl I stopped developing feelings for simply because she wasn't really sound in English. This has suddenly made me guilty 😂😅, lol. Nice article though.

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3 months ago

Lol 😂😂 Omo!!, Seriously I can relate to this. We are both guilty as charged

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