Is Social Media a Learning Tool for English Language?

Dania Hassan

Dania Hassan is an energetic and enthusiastic child who involves herself in every aspect of her academic as well as co-curricular life. Owing to her desire to excel, she won a placement in the Summer Sisters Program, has participated in numerous debates and declamations. She is also an avid reader and writer.

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William Shakespeare wrote in his poetry and I quote, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s bay; thou art more lovely and more temperate!”

I know that the English Literature example I just quoted was one of the most absurd examples to start composing an essay on English Language but this is what I think and believe; the English Language, whether it be the English Language of the Anglo-Saxon era, the Elizabethan era or the modern day, is a beautiful language. Thousands of words coined beautifully that can make the language more exfoliating when they are used together, joined like beads in a thread, forming a beautiful string.

 

Enough with the metaphors and literary references and coming back to the actual topic; is social media REALLY a tool for learning the English Language? I believe that the answer is a YES. An absolute, positive YES. As long as, a person is not streaming Korean dramas online and as long as he or she is not chatting with her “Best Friend for Life”, more commonly referred to as “BFFL”, on one of the social networking websites, then I believe that social media is perhaps one of the best tools for learning English Language.

 

It is nearly impossible to discuss the topic in detail in such a short word limit but the best way to explain it, I believe, is quoting examples from my very own life; I wasn’t one of those children who had a very ‘fancy’ vocabulary or command of the English Language, as it was not my mother-tongue. But, when I started using social media at the age of thirteen, conversing in English with my friends and acquaintances on social networking sites, whether it be commenting on posts or putting up captions, I started to learn more about the language, about how you could incorporate certain words into sentences that won’t really make sense to a normal person and you could just name that weirdly-sounding sentence a ‘metaphor’. I learnt that the English Language is not only confined to some specific rules, but you can break the shackles, think outside the box and just gather a bunch of words and call it your very own piece of literature and art.

 

Just the way a person has the urge to break all the norms of the society and do something different, which turns out to be pretty awesome at the end of the day; similarly, if the norms are broken and social media is considered to be a tool not just to be ‘social’ but also to learn a new language (which is the English Language, in this case), then I strongly believe that this is going to turn out to be pretty well !

 

I would like to rest my case in words of Sophia Loren: “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.”

 

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