THE CHILDREN OF HONDARRIBIA AND THE BASQUE LANGUAGE

Harkaitz Garaialde Balerdi

2021-08-13, BERRIA.

Abstract:

In this article Harkaitz Garaialde describes the sad situation of the Basque language in his town, Hondarribia. Especially among children and in the school environment. Basque children (Basque-speaking), despite receiving a school education through Basque, learn Spanish at school and use that language, and not their own, in their communication with other children in their classroom from Spanish-speaking families. The author underlines the null involvement of many teachers in promoting the use of Basque among children, which tends towards Spanish being the dominant language of communication.

The lukewarm attitude of some Basque-speaking parents, who show little adherence to our language, completes the disturbing linguistic panorama of Hondarribia, where the daily use of Basque is declining (from 32% 10 years ago to 24% today).