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I’m South Korean. When I was a baby, I didn’t want to learn any more. So they stopped teaching me. Now I struggle to learn. I’m Korean American. I want to learn before I grow old because my dad always says it’s harder when your older.
lol learning my language is a total burden. it all started bc of interest and i dont know why, but there was always this 'force' that kept me learning it even though it was just so hard. practically no one speaks it in my family anymore. i hope my mom hasnt deleted those audio files we recorded for her phd dissertation. i'm literally learning from a dictionary published in 1992, a bad english-dusun dictionary and my mom's dissertation! the local newspapers only show like ONE page in dusun and it was all in a different dialect i couldnt understand.
I'm from South Africa and this is so sad.. Most of our people speak two or more languages cause there's 11 official languages (excluding the mixture/slang of these).. Point is we try and teach our people the languages so we don't go through this where a person only knows English and can't communicate with others or loved ones. Maybe Americans should adopt this nature.
I never got to learn Greek but I've got a lot of family over there and my immediate family are all fluent but me (they didn't teach me). It really is upsetting because you can't actually get to know your family that well because you can't have a conversation. I was trying to learn Greek so I could have a big chat with my yiayia but she passed away before I got round to doing it. It really sucks. Feels like a part of you is missing when you don't learn your native language
I don't get why some parents don't teach their children the families native language and would only teach them the language of the country they are currently in. I have a heritage of Italian and Spanish lol do you wanna guess which language my family taught me ?
If u can't speak your own native language ( doesn't have to be perfect ) than that's bad...u don't have to read in your own language but at least speak a little ...
I'm vietnamese...my mother never taught me vietnamese, I never knew my dad, my stepdad is Caucasian, and I have no siblings and I still speak vietnamese......u guys should just dye your hair blonde and pretend to be white people than
Never thought I could relate to someone that much, my single mother never taught me and my siblings always speak Norwegian to me, but I can still speak/read/write it fairly well (not fluent but fairly enough that people in VN understand me). I do feel bad for them, but it's also not an excuse for not trying to learn their parents language.
I'm Laotian and I was born in America and every time I say I wanna go to see Laos, my Dad would tell me I have to know how to speak Lao to communicate when rlly no one ever taught me.. even when my parents cook papaya salad or anything Lao related, they make fun of me for not knowing how to eat, well, I could eat khao piek sen cuz that's sooo gud but srsly😂😭
im american so i obviously speak english and im learning spanish to its full extent. if you wanna know the app im using to read, write, speak, listen and comprehend in spanish its lingo deer, they have korean, chinese, japananese, spanish, portuguese, french and german
If I tried to speak the language of my ancestors (Gaelic) I would also be just as bad at it, but then again no one in my family has spoken than language in almost 270 years and I doubt they spoke it much back then as the Celtic languages are dying out.
I mean I was born in America and I was raised around Creole-speakers. It never got stuck in my mind. I’m still learning but it gets difficult once you get older. I wanna communicate with ma fam but I needa take the time to learn.
My mum was originally from China. When she came to America she hated China because of Communism and what it has caused our family. So, she never forced my sisters and I to learn Mandarin. Today, she regrets what she has done. And when I have kids, I am going to make them learn Mandarin.
I don't wanna judge but you should learn your mother tongue, it is your heritage, it doesn't matter even if you were born in America or stayed there for years... Never give up your heritage.
Your countries are ancient, powerful with astonishing history... Represent
I totally agree with you. In my opinion it's not entirely their fault. The parents are to blame. They should have taught their mother tongue because their children would have automatically learnt English simply by going to school
Linguistically speaking, in order to be fluent and be confident in a language, you have to not only listen to understand from different people speaking in different accents or dialects, but you also have to practice speaking it too. It's incredibly difficult to be fluent in a language if one doesn't have a community and a variety of situations to practice it. I totally relate with the Laotian American guy, I myself am also Laotian American that speaks it conversationally, but it's so difficult explaining my field of study and the things I learn in college, engage in deep conversation regarding religion, politics, and values because I don't have the vocabulary for it. So please don't carry that burden and blame yourself. You're a living legacy that gets to live out the American dream in which our immigrant parents can only dream of.
I feel this so much. When the British colonized New Zealand they almost killed off the entire native population. Our language and culture was hanging by a thread but its getting stronger again. One day i hope to be able to speak my native tongue.
lmao my parents taught me turkish from when i was little and im so happy they did because they don’t speak english to each other so if i didn’t know then i wouldn’t understand what they’re saying. i love speaking it in public tbh it feels more private and personal bc no one can eavesdrop idk why people don’t like it (maybe it’s because i like in nyc and there are many people that don’t speak english so english speakers are less judgmental)
Why celebrate LGBT Pride? The history of oppression for LGBT persons has centered around notions of appropriateness/normality and invisibility. LGBT persons have often lost their families, their friends, their employment and their lives because others have deemed the way they love to be inappropriate or abnormal. Our society has a strong sense of gendered normality: Men do x and women do Y. Indeed, who we are allowed to love has historically been linked to that which is deemed appropriate for our gender. When an individual chooses to live with integrity, as an authenticate person, despite the societal dangers of doing so, they exemplify Pride; that is worthy of celebration. The freedom possessed by todays lgbt students was made possible by the courage and strength of individuals who refused to feel shame for who they were and Who lived authentically and openly, winning straight allies along the way. Instead of lamenting the paucity of role models living authentically when we, as educators, were in school, perhaps we are called to be the role model we wished we had had! Now, and every day, is the time for Pride!
Professor of LGBTQ Studies.
May 22nd is Education Support Professionals Day!!
As educators, we know the crucial role played by the thousands of paraprofessionals, office workers, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff in our schools and/or Community Colleges. In fact, it would be difficult to imagine a school going for one day without ESPs.
When we talk about strengthening our schools, we need to strengthen everyone who works within them. Along with recruiting and retaining quality teachers, we must recruit and retain quality education support professionals. To do that, it certainly means providing decent wages and benefits to the people who spend their days making sure our students are safe, well fed and learning.