Why simplify Kinyarwanda?

Editor, Refer to the article, "How new orthography will simplify Kinyarwanda" (The New Times, October 30). I am actually surprised that Dr. James Vuningoma didn't take into account that the change he led didn't receive any positive feedback. I am wondering what the Ministry of Education is saying about this; this is something that needs public debate before it goes into force.
A Rwandan child reads a story book written in Kinyarwanda. (Net)
A Rwandan child reads a story book written in Kinyarwanda. (Net)

Editor,

Refer to the article, “How new orthography will simplify Kinyarwanda” (The New Times, October 30). I am actually surprised that Dr. James Vuningoma didn’t take into account that the change he led didn’t receive any positive feedback. I am wondering what the Ministry of Education is saying about this; this is something that needs public debate before it goes into force.

If they are really linguist specialists, they should give a public debate and I am pretty sure even a person who knows to just write and speak Kinyarwanda can challenge them.

Concerned Rwandan

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I quote Dr. Vuningoma in the story: “We adopted the changes to help both Rwandans and foreigners easily write the language”.

This is a ridiculous reason to change the writing of our language. Rwanda is full of people who came from the four corners of the world (myself included) after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and who learned how to properly write their language from wherever they were. Why can’t the young people and the foreigners do the same?

It seems that public consultation is needed.

Nesta

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I don’t see any reason of changing Kinyarwanda (the cradle of our culture) in order to make it easier for foreigners.

I have a lot of friends—Europeans, Americans and Asians—who learned Kinyarwanda and who speak it very well. I am also asking myself why the French, American and English governments do not change their respective languages in order to make it easier for me.

This is so ridiculous for sure.

Blaise

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It is a shame to give argument of facilitation to foreigners or to the young whom their parents refuse to send to public schools where they can master the language of our motherland.

Peter

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You don’t kill the language (culture) for the sake of making it easier to foreigners to write/understand. That’s an unforgivable explanation. The values of the culture lie in there — when you take time to understand them.

What Rwanda Academy of Languages and Culture did is drowning us into street language.

Kanyarwanda

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Why doesn’t the academy throw in some English and French words while at it? After all, they want to make it easy for foreigners, right? Pathetic!

Ed