As a child, I had to navigate from an English speaking classroom to a Spanish speaking home. From eight in the morning I was given instruction in English by my professors at school. After three in the afternoon at home I engaged in Spanish conversation with my mother, father, and siblings. When the summer vacation came around, it was back to speaking Spanish only, and then I regained the Mexican accent that had faded away during the school year.
At home, I first spoke Spanish. My parents came from Mexico to Turlock, California in the 90's and could not speak English sufficiently. Before I was born, the majority of my family were born in Jalisco, Mexico. As a child, my parents taught me how to speak Spanish and I learned English from a tutor who came to my house to teach basic phrases and writing in Spanish and English. This way, I could be fluent with both. I am grateful that my parents assigned me to the program, which prepared me for elementary school. For this reason, I still suspect that without that program I could not be in Honors and AP classes that I have today. What additionally motivates me to speak Spanish efficiently is that I have been able to assist others by translating, and the skill teaches me further of another culture. When I am in Mexico, I feel comfortable and I enjoy speaking Spanish in stores and in the plazas around the towns. Not only that, but I love being able to talk to family fluently. Overall, speaking Spanish feels important to me in order to be closer to my family and the culture.
Bilingual Job Opportunities You will be surprised at the diverse range of industries Bilingual Spanish Jobs If you are bilingual in Spanish then you will find that there is a high demand in the business world for your skills. As technology and communications make the world an increasingly smaller place the demand for bilingual Spanish linguist's increases. Many of the positions are in the customer service arena, but with lots of vacancies also in the areas of financial management, healthcare and managerial.
There are both positive and negative aspects of learning a language, but people are likely to equalize two sides and try not to lose the relationships with their family and the society. Amy Tan, in “Mother Tongue” and Richard Rodriguez in “Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood” explain how
Spanish has been crucial to me for my whole life because it shows that I’m bilingual. Not only do I use it in school, but also at home with my family. For the most part, this language has been with me since I was a little girl. I began to speak Spanish at age two and learned how to write it at age four. My parents helped me practice Spanish by speaking it. They also told me read Spanish books out loud, so I could speak it fluently. Luckily I went to Mexico when I was seven, but I only went that one time, so I haven't been able to practice with my whole family. In addition, I’ve had Spanish classes since kindergarten and now as a junior I continue to learn new things. As a teenager, I seem to use it more in my daily life, because my parents only speak Spanish which is how I’ve gained experience. For example, when my parents took me to Mexico at age seven, I learned to speak with all my family.
First, learning Spanish opens the learner to new knowledge. A new language leaves us knowledgeable. Knowledge is admirable as it opens us up to new opportunities and to
In addition, learning Spanish will break the language barrier between myself and all the Spanish-speakers of the world, which I find remarkable. I cannot imagine a more efficient method to achieve bilingualism than complete submersion in Spanish language and culture. For this reason, I have decided to study abroad in Costa Rica for six weeks in the summer of 2016. Over these six weeks, I will take two Spanish courses at the Latin University of Costa Rica, and live with a host family in which I will communicate with only through Spanish. I am certain that I will return from this voyage with more confidence in my Spanish-speaking capabilities, greater knowledge of the language, a heightened passion and appreciation for Costa Rican culture, experiences that will be applicable throughout my life and future career, and memories that I will cherish forever. Moreover, I anticipate that by studying Spanish and studying abroad, I will acquire valuable communication skills in both Spanish and English, become more competitive with my peers, and diversify and enhance the overall knowledge that I will acquire from Oklahoma State
Being born into a Spanish speaking family has highly changed my life and the way I interact with my community. Having the ability to speak Spanish helps me communicate with not only my parents but as well as those families that may need translation. When reading an article, book , or even just watching T.V. it is very essential to be able to understand Spanish, so that you will know what you are reading or watching. Growing up with Spanish-only speaking parents who at times need translations motivates me to learn the language even better,so that I can not only help them but myself as well.
In Switzerland, we had the opportunity of visiting the World Health Organization and UNAids, I would love to work for both organizations in the future. One thing that I learned to value was the multilingualism of these organizations. Every individual there spoke at least 3 languages. I was able to see how multilingualism enables communication, promotes tolerance, and aids in diversity. Immediately I knew that multilingualism was something I wanted to achieve as well. This experience took me back to when I first began volunteering at Charity and Love, a non-profit organization that help individuals find resources to better their lives, I would find myself learning new words each day so I could come back and communicate with Spanish speaking clients. I could even relate it to my present job in the pharmacy. Although nowhere near fluent, I could give a parent instructions on how to give their children the medicine needed to improve their health in their native language. Once returning to America, ready for the next semester, I signed up for Spanish 1. I have decided to pursue the most prevalent foreign language in my area so that my patients would feel entirely comfortable, especially being able to express
In history, everyone seems to have a different opinion of what “really happened”. In fact, it is some people’s job to determine what the truth really is. So, when there are very few written accounts of what happened, as there is with the Spanish Conquest of Mexico, it can make these people’s jobs even harder. While each historian may have their own perspective on the events, they can all be used together like parts of a puzzle to discover the truth and by doing so it is clear to see that the Conquest of Mexico was a lot more than an adventure. In this paper, I will be putting this puzzle together by looking at a pro-Spanish and pro-Native sources. Using the works of Camilla Townsend, Hernando Cortes, and La Otra Conquista, I will analyze each perspective and look at how such different views can fit together and balance each other out.
It is this powerful ability to think and communicate in multiple cultures and languages that I hope to give to my students in Spain. In a world that is both striving for unity but also constantly misunderstanding differences between peoples, the ability to communicate with one another in a multitude of tongues is priceless. My own bilingual experience allowed me to ask questions about and discover different perspectives. For example, I gained an understanding of how a socialist government and society function from my peers. I was also able to explain aspects of my own government, such as, social mobility, the electoral process and healthcare. Even more crucial, I was able to dispel the myths that Americans eat hamburgers every day, that everyone in my country owns a gun, and that you don’t necessarily die if you can’t pay for
Currently, I am studying Criminal Justice to follow my dreams of becoming a prosecuting attorney. Debating and helping people are two things that I love to do, and that is why I chose to pursue to this career. I have a solid background of the Spanish language, but I would love to learn more about it and be fluent in it. Communication is significant aspect of helping people with their
What It Means To Be a Bilingual Person Growing up and listening to my parents speak Spanish everyday helped me a lot by becoming fluent in the language of Spanish. When I started preschool and all throughout high school, I became fluent with the English language. Eventually I was fluent in both languages. Being a Bilingual person allows you to help translate for people, opens doors to more job opportunities, and allows you to communicate in Spanish when traveling to other countries around the world.
To speak English nowadays in Mexico has become as bare a necessity as eating local cuisine every weekend on the corner of the noisiest street. Although the need to speak this language goes unnoticed during our childhood, it becomes more evident as we go through life looking to start a career, find a job or even find new elements when pursuing a hobby. Most of the new information available online is in English, in order to obtain a bachelor’s degree it is mandatory to take the TOEFL, and occasionally it is required to have a certain level of written and spoken English in order to attain a raise. I will be addressing this last issue in the following pages by researching the current situation of one of my closest friends, Norma Garcia, who currently works at a global company where speaking English is mandatory in order to be promoted.
Spanish is one of the most common languages in the world. Many people can read and write in Spanish, but some people aren’t able to speak in Spanish such as me. Even though I struggled with Spanish, I overcame it by practicing every day and getting help to speak it