Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi co-hosts Harnarayan Singh (left) and Amarinder Singh (here with Don Cherry) say their fans want Punjabi broadcasts to continue, but one Surrey letter writer believes there is more value to be had by learning English to enjoy Canada’s national sport.

Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi co-hosts Harnarayan Singh (left) and Amarinder Singh (here with Don Cherry) say their fans want Punjabi broadcasts to continue, but one Surrey letter writer believes there is more value to be had by learning English to enjoy Canada’s national sport.

Tighten Canadian ties: Learn English

I think it’s great that generations of East Indians are embracing our national sport and enjoy watching hockey.

I think it’s great that generations of East Indians are embracing our national sport and enjoy watching hockey.

But if they really desire to tighten the ties with Canada, I suggest learning English just like my family did when they came to Canada.

I understand that English is a difficult language to learn but I feel that if East Indians choose to live here, then they should at least learn our language, which happens to be the most widely spoken language in the world. Then East Indian hockey fans can listen and watch hockey with fellow Canadians.

People may wish to listen to hockey in their native language, but by listening to it in English they would increase their English vocabulary and CBC would not be pressured to produce an unnecessary show that costs much time and money.

Seeing hockey enthusiasm spread through generations is great, but it is more important to learn the national language than it is to enjoy the national sport.

Grace Effa, age 14

Surrey

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