The National- Friday, February 4, 2011
I AM someone who takes pride in the way I speak my language as well as English and Tok Pisin.
I also appreciate and enjoy the unique dialect that my countrymen from Enga, Hagen, Simbu, Goroka, the Tolais, Sepiks and the rest of PNG speak.
You can recognise peoples’ origins by the
way they speak Tok Pisin or English, and that is something that we should be proud of.
I am a little bit concerned about the way some clowns on radio who take advantage on this rare gift and make silly jokes about it.
They imitate and criticise the way a person speaks, and sometimes there is obvious exaggeration in the use of a dialect. I find those jokes worthless and instigating for people who love their languages and their country.
If you are on the show, I want you to know that it is not your silly jokes that people laugh at.
It is you that they laugh at because they regard you as a fool.