Project #41166 - Discussion Question Prompt 1

I need replys done to the following.  I only need one paragraph per response.  There are 4 responses.  Please copy and paste each response before you answer.  Thank you.

Response 1 (Prompt 1)

Identity cannot be formed and defined in one category; it is defined in many ways. Our identity is formed by our race, culture, language, belief and environment. Languages and human social interaction in the medium of languages, to a large extent lead to the development of unique authenticity. I feel that the different languages that people speaks gives us history and heritage. When you hear someone talking a language that you do not know that makes you want to know more about that language. I feel that if we did not have so many different languages to learn from it would be boring that everyone knows the same language. I feel that speaking another language makes you a unique person. I feel that different languages that people have brought us closer together. We also get to eat different foods for different cultures. If we all have the same taste in cooking then that would be boring. This gives us the chance to get know about different cultures. 

In the article “Mother Tongue", author Amy Tan figures out that there are many different ways of talking in English. The way that she was taught to speak English was wrong that is what people would tell her. Along she was thinking that she was speaking right English. Once the author figures out that her mom was not speaking the same English that everyone is speaking. She wanted to make sure that she was speaking the right English, so she would practice. I never knew that there was a right or wrong way to speak English. I feel that it is important that we do learn different language. Mainly for, you know what people are talking about. Some people do take advantage talking in a language you do not know about. Sometimes they can end up talking about you behind your back, but you do not have no idea because you cannot understand what they are saying.

I feel that having so many different languages gives us history that we all should take the time to understand about. I feel that it is important that we learn a different language. I would say when I was in high school, I was taking a Spanish class. That was very hard to learn and I could not understand how to speak it. Once I kept practicing every day I finally got the hang of speaking in Spanish. Therefore, I was proud of myself of learning a new language and for not giving up. I now know how people feel when they have to learn how to speak English.  Learning a new language does not come naturally, but if you keep on practicing you finally get it.

Response 2 Prompt 2

 

There is such a wide variety of languages in America today.  Although there are some who still believe living in America requires you to speak English, it is only a requirement if you want to be successful.  What I mean by successful is, if you cannot speak English, you may be limited in the type of job you will receive.  I believe we are absolutely judged by the language we speak.  Growing up in a small town, English was the only language I ever heard unless we drove to the city and ate at a Chinese restaurant.  I was always fascinated by the way they spoke.  How frustrating it must be to have such limited communication with others.  I tend to get frustrated when a Spanish speaking individual cannot understand what I am saying.  I’m not frustrated at them, I’m frustrated at myself, because I cannot speak Spanish. 

There are an increasing number of Spanish speaking people in the area in which I live, and I plan to take a Spanish course in the near future.  It is a requirement in my daughter’s school, which I believe this to be very beneficial.  When you learn a different language, it shows your appreciation for that culture and can reduce the language barrier.  People have a great deal to offer and can be very valuable to society.  Unfortunately, when English is the primary language in an area, individuals will struggle to provide that value if they struggle to communicate.  Groups that speak the same language will tend to stay separated because of familiarity, contributing to divisiveness.

In the article Mother Tongue by Amy Tan, she talks about her mother speaking broken English.  To Amy, it sounds perfectly fine, because she grew up with this type of language, and it is familiar to her (Muller, 2014).  Language is so important, because it can define who you are.  You may be a very intelligent individual, but if someone cannot understand you, you may seem not so intelligent.  I do believe it is very important for people that come to American to learn English, because they will struggle if they do not.  I also believe that we should make a valid effort to learn other languages as well, so that we can reduce divisiveness.

Response 3 (Prompt 3)

 

Language plays a large role in my identity and how I view the world. My husband likes to make comments about the large words I use when I talk. He says it is because of all the reading I do. My language affects how people treat me as well; there is a sense of respect. I have a hard time when I hear people talk in broken English and they are not from another country. I have a current co-worker whose language is not clear and I have a hard time understanding her and her points. I had a co-worker who had the same issue and she had multiple master’s degrees. It is hard to not feel they are ‘stupid’ based on how they talk. Now, for my co-worker or clients who are from another country I would never feel that way about them. I am impressed at how well they can talk two languages.

Language helps to convey values when we say what we mean. Often times we spit out what we mean without thinking of the consequences. How it will hurt someone or come out making us look like there is something wrong with us. Many people do not take the time to think about what they say and how it can directly affect another person. When hurtful and hateful words are used people get hurt and fights happen. My mother always told me to think before I speak. I often find myself repeating that to my children. This is part of language many people have forgotten to do. They say what they want, when they want, no matter the consequenses.

Response 4 Prompt 1

I believe that language has a very direct impact on how it shapes your identity.  I can address this from my own personal experience being that I grew up in a home where we only spoke Polish.  Both my parents were immigrants to this country in the early 1960’s.  Though I was born here and my parents spoke fluent English, it was never spoken in the home. In fact I never learned to speak English until I went to kindergarten.  I never did ask my parents why that is.  I’ve often thought about it but just never did ask.  I came to one conclusion makes sense. I think it was because they knew that eventually I would learn English and they wanted me to hold onto our native language as long as possible.  To this day I only speak Polish to my parents and nothing else.

Here’s the interesting thing about how languages shape your identity.  I think that when you speak more than one language or two or even three languages you become more knowledgeable to that specific culture.  I don’t think you can learn a language without learning something about the people and their customs.  If you think about all the people that you know that are bilingual you will probably see people that live or know about that culture. Even when I was taking French in high school I was immersed in some of the customs that came with those people. It was with learning those customs that you learn to have a better understanding of their values and ways. 

Languages are powerful tools.  They give us insight into cultures from all over the world.  I don’t think you can learn one without the other.  In most every country in the world learning a second language is a requirement. Many people would ask why? What’s the point?  Well the point is obvious.  We are no longer a world separated by mountains, rivers and oceans.  We communicate and speak with people on the other side of the globe in milliseconds and there is no longer one dominant language that will take the lead.  We now share everything with everyone and as time goes on we will become closer and closer with our European, Asian, African and American neighbors.  It will become a necessity to be informed of and learn other languages and cultures.

I think we need to be thinking more and more globally in the way we teach our children.  They need to be prepared to enter a world that is smaller than ever and still getting smaller. I think languages are what will prepare them for that.

 

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