What would you have done? I had known for a long time that the ideal situation to help my child become fluent and biliterate in Spanish and English would be to have me speak Spanish in our home while my husband spoke English. It is truly the best of both worlds experts agree, but I had agonized for months over what I felt I had done to our daughter. I had exposed her to Spanish using an immersion format which seemed to have resulted in her becoming selectively mute. I could not feel good any longer about my belief in immersion for my daughter.
There were times that find it difficult to express my views and ideas with my lack of mastery in English. Oftentimes, my English accent isn’t exactly as “Americanized” and there were times that I got misunderstood. However, I didn’t feel intimidated, but felt challenged instead to further develop my skills with the English language. On the other hand, being able to communicate in two languages resulted into broadening of my horizons on two different cultures and opening of doors for multiracial interactions and
Through the course of my life, I lived in many parts of the country and travelled many foreign countries. I experienced many different cultures, dialects and languages. This reflection led me to realize that my life and who I am was influenced but the dialects and languages I spoke. Though some of the languages were very similar, they were different enough that the words have different meanings in different places. Dialects between the Southern and Northern United States are different enough to be another language, as with the language that the military uses.
Introduction Bilingualism means knowing two different languages at a single time. Bilingualism is growing as the world becomes increasingly more diverse. It exists in almost all countries in the world, in all diverse classes of society and in all diverse age groups. Recent studies have indicated that the majority of the world’s population is bilingual. It was estimated that between half and two-thirds of the world’s population is bilingual.
Learning the English Language Introduction Learning any language takes some effort. Understanding the grammar, the style, and the vocabulary is not easy. But with practice and patience one can learn to speak and write any language. The English language is becoming the language of the world today. It is spoken in every continent and it is the language of education of science and arts around the world.
Since I am Dutch-English bilingual myself, I started to wonder if knowing a second language might change your perspective of the world around you. I must say, for myself this is definitely the case. When I learned my second language over the course of a few years I have found countless new ways to describe things that I already knew. I found many ways to describe a feeling or phenomena in my second language that only have one description or name in my first language. This made me look at the world in a different way then when I grew up.
Waking up in the morning and giving my mother a simple goodbye, then to my first class at college where I have an intellectual conversation with one of my peers to have my attention drawn to a phone call from one of my friends and talking about shoes and the latest tracks. For every situation or environment, I am in there is a type of English for it. The types I use while at school, home or out with my friends all vary from one another and also share some characteristics. I use a different type of English to communicate my ideas more efficiently and use the correct type for appropriate situations when at school, home or with friends. Home, the place where I can be myself and use whatever type of English, I want but not in the sense of a bad way.
After few weeks I started to socialize with the friends who speak my native language. Finally, at end of six months, I realized I continuously decreased my English language use. Then, I decided to improve English speaking again, I joined few English speaking organizations and clubs, where I made new friends and started improving my language. In one of my English speaking organization, I made two Chinese friends who are also on the same page as of mine. With these Chinese friends, I felt difficult to communicate than other native English speaking friends.
Why English is the most common language chosen for bilingual people? Daniel Ruiz Languages are very important in all over the world because by this media we express ourselves and most importantly communicate with other people. The most common language in the whole world is mandarin and most of the population in the world is bilingual people. This gives chance to another language to be the most common to learn as second language. This chance was taken by English, in this time English is the most common language learned by bilingual people.
A definition of language can be found everywhere in different books explained in various ways from different scientists in the linguistics field. Language is a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols by people of different places and cultures. So in other words based on dictionaries, language covers a group of words and how these words are formed and used by people of the same country or same cultural traditions, it is a system of symbols, sounds, signs that are used as means of communicating though, emotion ( Thesaurus, 2018). Second languages are learned for different needs of people and also sometimes people learn other languages without needing them just for themselves. In this way, people have different motives to learn a language and so they use different ways to achieve their goals on learning something new.