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In “Se Habla Espanol” by Tanya Maria Barrientos, speaking multiple languages at the time of Barrientos being a child, was not perceived as a bonus on your job application. When she was just three years old she was moved to the states and her parents completely stopped using Spanish and taught their children English. They did this in order to provide a better education for their children in America. They knew that if they spoke Spanish, they would be perceived as poor individuals. Barrientos stated; “If I stayed away from Spanish, stereotypes would stay away from me.”(Barrientos 646) She knew even as a young child that people around her pegged their family as “Mexican”, which would mean inferior. She wanted to feel white so she could fit into society. Today, America teaches languages in schools. They want children to be bilingual because there are more opportunities in the world for people who speak multiple languages. However, stereotypes still exist and are very common in a lot of areas. Where I come from, people speak in a Southern accent. People tend
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