Suzanne Talhouk: Don't kill your language
Suzanne Talhouk - Poet and language advocate
Suzanne Talhouk is an advocate for the Arabic language as a tool of power, pride and unity. Full bio
but I wanted to ask you,
on the tag in Arabic?
All right, no problem.
thinking that he misheard.
"The menu (Arabic), please."
"Don't you know what they call it?"
or "menu" (French)."
said the waiter.
as if he was saying to himself,
I wouldn't look at her!"
of saying "menu" in Arabic?
judge a girl as being backward
my own language in my own country?
there are many people like me,
where they involuntarily give up
that has happened to them in the past,
we have of the war!
I learned in Arabic, just to conform?
I tried to understand him.
with the same cruelty that he judged me.
doesn't satisfy today's needs.
an advanced research project,
we use at the airport.
they'd strip us of our clothes.
We could all ask this question!
Where are we to do so?
that we ought to think about.
of other languages
for creative expression in other languages.
he used Arabic.
in the village
smelling a specific smell,
he had enough baggage.
you smell the same smell,
writing in English,
From a village on Mount Lebanon.
no one can argue with.
that if you want to kill a nation,
that developed societies are aware of.
all these nations are aware of this.
to protect their language.
they pay a lot of money to develop it.
hasn't reached us yet,
with the civilized world.
but decided to strive for development,
as they were climbing the ladder,
from Turkey or elsewhere
most of the time.
they had to protect their language.
just words coming out of our mouths.
in our lives,
that is linked to our emotions.
"Freedom, sovereignty, independence,"
in their own mind,
in a specific historical period.
or three words or letters put together.
that relates to how we think,
and how others see us.
whether this guy understands or not?
the freedom (English) slogan?"
and stop talking in vain.
remind us of a specific thing.
who's married to a French man.
"Everything is fine,
asking and trying to translate
'toqborni' for him."
trying to explain it to him.
"How could anyone be this cruel?
that word to her husband,
his way of thinking is different.
"He listens to Fairuz with me,
I tried to translate for him
I listen to Fairuz."
this for him:
and stole you --"
I returned my hands and left you."
the Arabic language?
of the civil society,
the Arabic language.
"Why do you bother?
and go have fun."
launched a slogan that says,
but you reply from the West."
"No! We do not accept this or that."
that way, we wouldn't be understood.
I hate the Arabic language.
our dreams, aspirations and day-to-day life.
and thinks like we do.
but you reply from the West"
yet creative and persuasive.
we launched another campaign
by black and yellow tape
written on it.
Seriously, don't kill your language.
we'd have to find an identity.
of being modern and civilized.
of guys and girls wearing the Arabic letter.
"Ha! You used an English word!"
"No! I adopt the word 'cool.'"
but give me a word that's nicer
"I'm going to the world wide web"
We shouldn't kid ourselves.
we all have to be convinced
who is bigger
when it comes to language,
what they want.
or build a rocket and so on,
is a creative project.
is the path.
or produce a short film.
back to being number one.
there is a solution!
that a solution exists,
to be part of that solution.
even though my time has finished,
with Latin characters mixed with numbers!
That's not a language.
with a virtual language.
from such a place and rise.
that we can do.
to the necessity of preserving this language.
"This is your father, honey (Arabic)."
"This is your dad, honey (English)."
I promise my daughter Noor,
and hope no one has heard her.
About the speaker:Suzanne Talhouk - Poet and language advocate
Suzanne Talhouk is an advocate for the Arabic language as a tool of power, pride and unity.
Why you should listen
Raised in war-torn Lebanon, Suzanne Talhouk has a masters in physics and a passion for poetry; she has released two collections of poems. Dismayed by what she saw as a lack of power during the recent war in the Middle East, Talhouk saw the Arabic language as medium to unite and empower the Arab world. She launched Feil Amer, an organization that aims to preserve the Arabic language, and to reinstate the pride in young Arabs towards their language.
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