Phraseology: Language and Success in Life Essay

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I would like to think that I arrived at where I am today because of my good looks, but that would be far from the truth. I’m a quiet person with average looks, and I usually do not get noticed when walking out in public. My experiences have molded me into the person that I am today. Those experiences were created through the different forms of language that I used. Language has empowered me to be the success that I consider myself to be today. I have used language to gained social acceptance, work in professional environments, and encourage other. Social acceptance is an integral part of being human. To our ancestors, social acceptance was necessary for their survival. In more recent times, people have come to feel safe and…show more content…
It is considered code switching because I used the new language to feel belongingness to the people that I was meeting in that area. (Code Switching) I not only toggled my language use to make friends, but to also communicate with classmates. Being socially accepted by classmates may not be detrimental, but I feel it is necessary to be successful in the class. I have been out of college for several years, and now that I have returned, I have found that there is a younger breed of students in my classes. I speak as though someone my age should be the norm and they are the alien invasion, but in reality, it’s just the opposite. I am the alien. The majority of my classmates are just arriving from High School. Compared to me they are young and inexperienced. Several of my classmates have a good understanding on the commitment it will take to succeed in college and others seem to be there for something to do during the day. Either way, I must communicate, because I come in peace. I always like to befriend my classmates, not so much for lasting long term friendships, but for help if I miss something the instructor has said. To do so, I need find a common ground to start a conversation. Sometimes I get lucky and sit next to a social person, get paired up by the instructor, or break the ice with a light hearted joke. Whatever the circumstance is, speaking their language is important. Last semester in my Public Speaking class I sat in the front row next to a

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