Do You Speak American

For my next blog I am going to write about the third part of the movie that we had to watch for Friday. The first thing that comes to mind when I think about the movie is the game the children played. It is extremely hard to not categorize a face when a specific language is heard. This reminds me of one of the mind games my mother plays on her Nintendo DS where the word of a color (ex. RED) comes up on the screen but the text is not printed in red but in another color but she must read the text. The mind interprets something seen or heard and immediately analyzes it to what we have known in the past. It is very rare we hear an African American speak in another language besides English but it is very possible. The movie also discusses the use of certain words that from one person to another might not mean anything but when coming from someone different might be extremely offensive and disrespectful. The word “queer” is brought up in this category. When two homosexual males are speaking and one uses the word “queer” it would probably not mean a thing. But if a heterosexual male was talking to a homosexual and either called something or someone “queer” there would probably be some problems. From this we can determine that when a common culture or group of people use their type of language it is perfectly fine. Someone looking to join this group will still not be accepted even if they decide to use this groups type of language. In fact, the group is less likely to accept that person because of this.The biggest problem that I have is someone from another country coming to our country and judging us.  I believe that every country has a right to believe their own beliefs.  I do not agree with someone from another country coming here and telling us what we do to language.  If someone had such a problem with it they should take it up with their own country; not criticize ours for their problems.  

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One Response to “Do You Speak American”

  1. Our conversation on Friday about group distinction in language I thought shed some insight to agree with you. The fact that social groups can keep others out based solely on language I find strange.

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