The United States, home of many distinct individuals who have migrated looking for a better life. This incredible country, has become enriched with so many cultures that are diverse in many ways. They all have their own language, music, their own dishes. Coming from a Mexican background, I feel blessed to be to be part of such an exquisite culture and speak the beautiful language, Spanish. Spanish has always been present in my life and I learned it at a very young age as my parents immigrated from Mexico. My grandfather was a great inspiration to learn both languages, therefore i wanted to know what he was saying in this distinct language at that time. since he was bilingual he would read to us both in mexico folklore and english literature stories. i started to become more familiar with english. at that point it was an ease when i went to visit my family back in mexico because i was able to communicate perfectly with both my elders.
Every day i continue to learn about my unique language and culture. However, interacting with my family has encouraged me to keep learning about my roots. Attending various family reunions has definitely opened more doors when it comes to learning about my culture. Spanish has become a very important factor in my life as i utilize this to communicate this daily. Through spanish I have many opportunities to contribute to my community and family.
Jane Mansbridge defines oppositional consciousness as “an empowering mental state that prepares the member of an oppressed group to act, to undermine, reform, or overthrow a system of human domination (4-5). The notion of oppositional consciousness relies on a group’s adherence to a particular form of world view which allows the differentiation of the dominant perspective from the emergent ...
The Central valley is in the middle of California and its a melting pot to many cultures and languages just floating around. Knowing just one language wont be enough to be versatile with people in the area. What if for example i get stranded in China Town and i need a way to get out of the city, you wont be able to to get directions out because the only language you know is english. Knowing spanish is very important especially because i live in the Central Valley, since most people speak spanish its easier to communicate with my people. It also helps me translate for other people in need.
Spanish and English are very similar languages yet they also have many differences. In these two complex languages there exist many words that are spelled the same, however they can have extremely different pronunciations. At the early age of 9, I couldn’t imagine there could be letters with silent sounds, then when I got accustomed to the language, I learned that was just the beginning of it. English can be tricky at times. On the other hand, Spanish is very easy because of it pronunciation. Spanish is easier to comprehend due to the fact that it sounds the same as how its spelled. Although they are very distant cultures they have common celebrations. For instance the 4th of July and September are both celebrated by the americans and mexicans as a way to commemorate their freedom from their oppressors.
When i worked at a farmers market, i began to interact with people from distinct cultures as they shopped for their favorite fruits. There were many times where i had to establish a conversation with mexican or hispanic individuals in order to sell our products. Using my fluent spanish i often persuaded spanish speaking customers. It soon became a routine, and my spanish grew stronger. Honestly knowing more than one language has become a necessity as it has also helped me communicate with multiple people from distinct cultures.