The Impact of Ms. Christensen Coming from a traditional Chinese household, English was spoken second to Cantonese. My daily dose of spoken English came from either school or television shows. I remember spending hours on the PBS channel watching bald-headed Caillou and Barney the purple dinosaur. Because of this, my English was not the best but also definitely not the worst. As a result, in school I primarily put more focus on my math and science classes where there is not a language barrier; the Pythagorean Theorem is the same whether it is in ancient Greek or in modern English. Despite the unbalanced focus, I managed to pass all my humanity classes with good grades. I guess zoning out in class and neglecting reading homework worked out perfectly for me. It was not until I had Ms. Christensen as a tenth grade literature teacher that I realized I had taken my humanity classes for granted. Throughout my life, Sparknotes was a blessing from the internet Gods, and I probably could not live without it. Like many other teenagers, Sparknotes saved me countless hours of reading. This year was different though. The theme of the semester was African and Latin American literature, which was much different than the novels and works written by American and English writers I have had to read in previous years. For our summer reading homework, one of the works Ms. Christensen assigned to read was Kaffir Boy. I took the chance and dove into the writings and perspective of Mark Mathabane, a black child in apartheid South Africa, and immediately got hooked; it was a story incomparable to anything else I have ever read. I did not even mind doing the writing that accompanied the reading. Ms. Christensen’s good choice in literature finally helped me find the joy in literature, inspiring to read further. Though not assigned, Kaffir Boy prompted me to read Kaffir Boy in America, the sequel to Kaffir Boy. I never thought that a novel assigned as homework could be read as enjoyment. Initially I thought this would be a one-time deal, but after reading Kaffir Boy, I kept a more open mind in future school-related literature readings. Throughout the rest of tenth grade and of high school, I actually read all my novels. Ms. Christensen’s novel choices were impeccable and on point. Never had I read something as breathtaking and scandalous as Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits. My newfound enjoyment of literature translated into more accurate and meaningful analyzation of readings. Before Ms. Christensen I would make minimal effort to delve deep into the text and only skim the surface of the novel. She gave me a reason to become more interested in the English language. I began making a more conscience…
communication disability. Ever since then society was a difficult and rough pathway for me to endure.
At school I was familiarise and overwhelmed at the same time by the amount of kids who could actually speak English properly and I couldn’t. Little did I know that this sophisticated, foreign language was going to help me discover my place in this world. One by one my classmates raised their hands up and spoke fluently as if they have been in this situation before, but they learn to improve and develop…
technology, English dominates the world as no language ever has, and some linguists are now saying it may never be dethroned as the king of languages.
Others see pitfalls, but the factors they cite only underscore the grip English has on the world: cataclysms like nuclear war or climate change or the eventual perfection of a translation machine that would make a common language unnecessary.
Some insist that linguistic evolution will continue to take its course over the centuries and that English could…
4 March 2015
History of The English Language
Over the course of time, the english language has been molded and shaped by many
different factors. From 55 BC when Julius Caesar invaded Britain, to our time era now, countless
events have lead to the influence of the modern english dialect. Three time periods are
commonly referred to as the major impactors of the language. The first being Old English from
4501100, the second being Middle English from 11001450 and finally the last referred to as…
The history of the English language
The English language has changed in many different ways through time. The English language mainly changed through invasions.
The romans invaded Britain in 55bc ordered by Julius Caesar. Because the romans spoke Latin it grew into the civilization and spread across Britain. Because the romans where so successful at war they conquered many countries so that made the language change in many countries. Only around 200 Latin loanwords are inherited…
The study between language and gender caused many debates and research. Linguists argue that the differences are universal, inherent, biologically determined or even leaned behaviourists. Lakoff’s interest in the features and characteristics of men and women’s language made her look into the social implications of speech in her book. In this she analysed and explained the variation of speech and gender, in which her theory questioned whether language contributed to women’s status in Western Europe…
Uniting as One
Judging from personal experience I would have to agree that English being the Native Language of the United States, should be something to strive for. Especially those who want to make a home and progress in this country. Not only is our constitution based upon the English Language, it also emphasized the fact that an individual should know English if he/she wishes to become a citizen. I believe that language disputes are all over the world, and there needs to be a change in order…
the history of the English language and the people who spoke it, stretching back to the Roman and Germanic invasions of the British Isles. McCrum connects this lively history with the place of the English language today, as a global language intertwined with the spread of capitalism and Anglo-power. McCrum succeeds as a story-teller, bringing to life the characters and pivots points of history. As such, this book is more interested in telling the story of the English language than it is making an…
3 July 2014
English Language Learner
Growing up, I’ve been around Spanish speakers only. Therefore, my first
language was Spanish. I was the first born in my family and the first to learn to speak
the English language. Learning English was not a piece of cake because I only knew
the basics of the grammar. At home I had no help whatsoever in my school work. Also,
at home I had nobody to correct me if I spoke it wrong. Although my parents didn’t
speak English, they always motivated me to give it my all to master the English…
English as the Official Language
More than 82% of people in the United States understand and fluently speak the English language, but it is still argued today by some that English should not be the official language of America. This everlasting argument has been ongoing for years and allows people to express their own opinions. The majority vote of this topic is that English should indeed be the official language of the United States. Proceeding to claim this language would be beneficial to the…