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In The Honor of My Native Language

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I’m a proud descendant of Jamicans (Hail mi friends) & Puerto Rican (Que Pasa) So many people first question when they find out my nationality is can you speak Patois, or Spanish. Well yes I can speak Patois very well. Spanish on the other hand no not at all, and i do not want to learn. People may ask me why? My response is always because that’s a language that’s forced on you. My main reason for writing this paper is to show you how current languages are forced on us in school, and we don’t even use them in a the real world.

When you was in grade school, they forced you to take a language like spanish, or even french. For now we going to focus on spanish, so they ride your back in school to learn spanish when 95% of the time you will never use that language again.Gloria Anzaldya stated something I hear a whole lot “If you want to be American, speak American.’ If you don’t like it, go back to Mexico where you belong .” Alot of people say it but the real question is do they know where their real country is cause nobody knows. The catch to the spanish school teach you is that it’s not spanish that Latinos, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, or any other spanish speaking country besides spain speak. They try to teach you Spain spanish, so if you do learn anything in spanish you can’t really use it when you speaking to someone that is spanish or latino. People may ask why, but because those country may have the same word, but a totally different meaning. Now let’s talk about this french we learn in highschool. Now WHY the hell do they got us learning french? “in the U.S., a country where students in high schools and colleges are encouraged to take French classes because French is considered more “cultured” according to Gloria Anzaluda as if we are going to ever use again. They state French is more “cultured” HOW? We may use the spanish again, but speaking french why would we have to speak french to anybody unless we was going to Paris , or even France.

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According to Editorial Projects In Education “46% percent of all foreign language classes focusing on Spanish and another 21% of french. German, Latin, and Chinese the count about only 5% of the courses offered to secondary students.” Now come on are school system pay all this money on these 2 main languages just for kids to forget them in the long run. When at one point of time spanish speakers, couldn’t even speak spanish without getting in trouble according to Gloria Anzaldua in her essay “How to Tame a Wild Tongue” on page 200 “I remember being caught speaking spanish at recess–that was good for three licks on the knuckles with a sharp ruler.”, now their forcing it on us.

I wish they would teach my language in school Dis a mi english no matta wah nobody sey an eff wi get to learn spanish wi cya learn mi language to.? (This is my english no matter what nobody say, and if we got to learn spanish then we can learn my language to) I’m a proud Rasta Faren. I feel the same as Gloria Anzaldua “ So, if you want to really hurt me, talk badly about my language.

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