Speaking the “Right” Language
Hello. Hola. Aloha. Guten Tag.These are just some of the ways people in the United States say hello to each other every day. While most of us use Hello every day, there are 14 Million people in our country whose primary language is not English. So, that means they use another word for Hello.Now, why... View Article
Hello. Hola. Aloha. Guten Tag.
These are just some of the ways people in the United States say hello to each other every day. While most of us use Hello every day, there are 14 Million people in our country whose primary language is not English. So, that means they use another word for Hello.
Now, why does it matter that people use different words to express an emotion?
We usually don’t care if people say Hi instead of Hello, do we? Do we go back home with our friends and talk about how someone we met today said Hi instead of Hello? No, we don’t. To do so, would be silly and our friends might think of us as a little crazy.
Yet, if a person uses too many different words, it can tend to drive some people crazy with such comments like:
“Why can’t they speak English? This is America.”
In other words, why are they using different words than the person asking this question would use?
Couldn’t a person from the North say the same thing about a person from the South when he hears something like, “How are y’all doing?” Y’all?!!! What does that mean? It is “You all!”
Or couldn’t a person from the South say the same thing about a person from New York when she hears this question: “How are usez guys dong?” Usez?!!! It is “You!”
You get my point.
They are different ways of expressing the same thing. And one of the only things that makes them different than a “foreign” language is that there are a lot of words in common.
The words don’t change whether a person is stupid, bad, lazy, hardworking, or a good citizen. It doesn’t matter what language people speak. Most people are good and a few are bad. We can’t change that.
What we can change is our attitude toward those around us and realize that BILLIONS of people manage to live in this world using a variety of languages.
And this includes the United States, where 311 different languages are spoken on a daily basis, with only 162 of them being indigenous to the U.S.
If you are reading this, chances are you started out speaking a language that didn’t start here.
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