That is my experience when I want to speak in English with my friends in Indonesia. If you want to speak English, you will consider as a boastful person or as a person who like to perform their superiority and you are not nationalism. But in fact, IT IS NOT.
Actually when you are trying to speak English, it is also part of your learning. You don’t just learn from your teacher, but you must speak it up!
As an exchange student, now I know that speaking in English is a form of nationalism. If you be able to speak in English, you can present your country well in front of other foreign people. At last week, I had Cultural Day held by International Office from UST. There were students from Japan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines and Indonesia. In there, as representative of my country, I should deliver Indonesia’s cultures so they can be familiar without go to my country. In that time, I was (and still) very proud of being Indonesian. I could see the other foreign students also were amazed with the beauty of Indonesia’s heritage.
If you can speak English, you can build connection to the international community. You can show your ideas, projects, talents not only for your people but international, so they will know that your country is great! They have brilliant people like you 🙂 You can generate more impact! You make one more way with English 🙂
I also see the tendency not to speak English in ASEAN people. It’s like they are afraid to speak English because they will say wrong grammar or words and someone will judge them that they are wrong. Even in Philippines, one of ASEAN countries that well-known in speaking English. They will said “nose-bleeding” if someone encounter difficulty to speak English with foreign student 🙂
How can we do harmonization in ASEAN if we can not speak each others? How can we exchange our ideas without having conversation? How can we make ASEAN community better if we just sit and be silent?
I believe in this statement:
“If you do mistake but you learn from it, it is not a mistake at all :)”
Once, I also was afraid to speak English. But I just realized that “It is part of your learning process. Just learn from it and try again.”
I think Aristotle had said it very well 🙂
For you guys, who always judge people for whatever they do. Go and develop yourself. I agree with Benjamin Franklin that “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do”
Because smart people will know what kind of things that they should pass the time in and for sure, it’s not for criticize others.