I am the youngest of five sisters and two brothers. My family is Mexican- American, both of my older brothers were born in Mexico and were brought by my parents at a very young age. My parents were also born in Mexico and like every immigrant migrated from their home countries to pursue what is called the American dream. I very much enjoy being from Mexican roots, because my traditions, foods, dances, culture and kindness makes me who I am today. I have three nieces and one nephew from the ages six on down. We are all Mexican American ancestry.
The English language is particularly complex in almost all aspects. Many of the words in the English language have different meanings for the same word. This is not unlike the definition of the different levels of usage. McCrimmon defines the three levels, formal, moderate, and colloquial, by their sentence structure, diction, and tone (McCrimmon 193). ¹ Using McCrimmon’s definitions, authors can determine what type of writing is applicable to each of the three levels. For the formal writings, an adequate example of where readers can find it is in a professional journal, and an appropriate place to find an example of the moderate level is in a weekly news magazine. Also, the best place to look for an example of the colloquial level is in certain sections of the newspaper. All of the levels of usage apply to these different types of writings and assist in defining what each level involves.
The piece titled ‘getting our future back on the rails – slowly’ is written by a member of The Grow Slow organisation who believes that the most convenient occupant for the land of the abandoned railway yards is a community garden. The author begins the article in a confined toned aiming to convince the reader that a community garden is the right choice and later transfers on to a more critical tone when talking about convenient foods. The author’s main arguments include firstly that community gardens are a global trend and that their community should be one to follow such a trend, secondly a community garden will be beneficial to everyone and is the most efficient option and lastly community gardening will bring the whole community
One of the notable attributes about living in a state and/or city in America is that whenever you travel outside of your city or state, most people are quick to point out your “accent”. However, from your standpoint,
Language is the way people communicate with each other. It allows us/them to express their thoughts and impart information through writing or speech. However, this exchange is not necessarily always objective as words and their meaning can/may be tainted by the speaker’s intentions. In politics, language is not only a powerful tool to conceal the truth and influence the public’s opinion but also a weapon against their opponents.
But overall I wouldn’t say my language defines me or categorizes my personality. Language only has a small amount to do with who I am or how educated I may or may not be or even how I behave. My language comes off as rough and sometimes very improper but it’s the “Baltimorian way” as we say back home. Our way of speaking really masked who we really are without knowing one another. We look at each other and to hear someone using the same slang or language we’re using you assume they’re lesser
Let’s talk about my English accent first. I came to the United States when I was in high school. I considered my English, especially my spoken English, was close to native speakers among the other international students, like Mexican students and European students, because I could recognize their nationalities by hearing them spitted out the first word.
Although there is no official language in the United States, the English language is the most widely spoken. Language helps to shape our identities, define and limit our expectations of the world around us and who we are. You might ask yourself, how does our language shape our identities and influence our perceptions of the world? Through language, we are able to make meaning, understand, and define ourselves. We are able to communicate what we feel, our ideas, our hopes, and our dreams with others who can respond to our feelings and thoughts. However, our choice of words cannot always capture what we are feeling to the full extent.
I'm from Arkansas, so naturally I speak differently than someone from New York or even the next state over. My family sticks to a very interesting word choice that can be seen as southern almost immediately. My mom, while she does say "y'all" occasionally, went to Alaska and The Hamptons in New York for a while and lessened her southern twang by a mile. My dad, on the other hand, says every known country thing as he fully embraced the farm life. Ain't, reckon, y'all, and all those type of words that aren't really words and don't really make sense when used in a sentence, are the type my family uses when we're at home. Of course, some of the coarser talk stays home when we go to church, but even there, everyone's southern belle accent shows.
If I say that I am currently employed with a major petroleum distribution center, you may think that I am a highly qualified person making limitless amounts of money. However, I am using the power of language to merely say that I work at a gas station making minimum wage. Great historical figures throughout history have used the power of language, the ability to use words to their advantage, to inspire people to unite under one common cause and to change the world.
“Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self”. B.R. Ambedkar, in Develop with Fact: Neutralizing the Catalysts of Downturn, p. 57. There are many different languages spoken around the world. Sometimes it can create a barrier when trying to communicate. Other times it may cause you to be judged because you have a different accent, or you use different terminology. Language can play a small role in how people’s identities are formed., The language variety that you speak as a native language is closely tied to your geographical identity.
For many people, culture has a strong tie to language; it is one of the key factors that distinguishes it from one culture from another, culture is what has allowed their language to evolve and grow with the basic traditions that tie it together. Kingston wrote about how in India there were so many different languages that if one were in a different sector they couldn’t even read what was written. One’s own language is their heritage; it makes them what they are. Personally, having many family members who have married those who did not or still don’t speak English, has allowed me to learn from watching them and knowing their traditions. Language has taught me that just because you are in America doesn’t mean you should only speak English, many other options are