We LIP advisors were recently very impressed by an article that appeared in one of the major newspapers in Paraguay, which talked about the second (or first?) language of Paraguay: Guaraní.
Every inhabitant of Paraguay is perfectly bilingual and uses Spanish with foreigners and in all circumstances that require it, but is very attached to his “native language”, Guaraní, the traditional language of this country, which unlike many other similar languages found in other Latin American countries has been splendidly preserved to this day.
Why this? The article we read explains it very well. Over the centuries, Guaraní has represented the emblem of a true challenge and a very strong love for one’s country. As a matter of fact, as this article states “As long as the population spoke Guaraní, considered by Argentines to be a wild language, Paraguay could never have been annexed to Argentina”.
And luckily the Paraguayans continued to speak their mother tongue, they continued to be attached to their roots, they did not bow down to the giant countries that bordered them (Argentina and Brazil), they defended their independence and their resourcefulness in the economic field and little Paraguay has become a prosperous and a constantly evolving country.
Throughout the history of Paraguay, Guaraní has represented the glue of the Paraguayan population against the countries that wanted to overwhelm them and annex them, dispersing their uniqueness and traditions.
Paraguay rebelled, and this revolt started from below, from the people.
In the fierce conflict between Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay against Paraguay between 1864 and 1870, which left a small country destroyed and occupied until 1876, but unconquered and ready to regain its independence, the Guaraní undoubtedly played a fundamental role.
In the past, during the occupations suffered by Paraguay, it was forbidden to use Guaraní in public places and in schools, but despite these heavy prohibitions the language has not died, but rather has strengthened in the name of a strong and secure identity.
Facts have shown that the inhabitants of this small country in the center of Latin America were right. Their fierce independence and remarkable resourcefulness have allowed them to scale the highest peaks, working hard day after day, to create a country with a thriving economy and an open and hospitable mentality, which prides itself on welcoming into its borders professionals from all over the world, who have decided to move and live in Paraguay.
With the 1992 Constitution, Guaraní became an official language in all respects and achieved full acceptance within society.
Television and radio today broadcast programs in Guaraní, allowing this strong and combative language to fully enter into all houses in Paraguay.
A language that has proven not to be inferior (i.e. suitable only to the lower classes of the country), but has become the prerogative of all social classes, integrating perfectly into everyone’s daily life.
In 2012 the local feature film “7 cajas” was also a success internationally and with many scenes in Guaraní.
David won against Goliath and Paraguay today still speaks Guaraní and is more independent and resourceful than ever!
Until next time!
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