English the Language

Language is a very convoluted subject as it is already because it is the way in which people communicate with one another. However there are many different languages that scatter the world already that help to send a sort of miscommunications with others who cannot understand the same language. English for starters was thought to be the universal language back in the day, the superior race was to “educate” those who are unable to speak it. The thought of English being a tool of suppression for others has never really occurred to me. I though that it was a means to communicate and expel thoughts but by expelling thoughts, where do these thoughts go to? Do they just become stuck in someone else head or do they become a threat to the mind in which they are being placed in? The English language is a priority as it was then, it is now. When students go to school here in the United States, instruction is always given in English and never in the language of a foreigner say Spanish or Chinese or other. People are expected to know the English language because they are from this place where the norm is English. Any other form just becomes disregarded by the fact that they are . Although the idea was not bad in thye sense that they wanted people to be able to communicate with each other without there being a miscommunication, the miscommunication still happened. They used force and violence in order to “educate” and slowly stripped others of their individualism.

-Alexis Blanco

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3 thoughts on “English the Language

  1. The main point is, “I though that it was a means to communicate and expel thoughts but by expelling thoughts, where do these thoughts go to? Do they just become stuck in someone else head or do they become a threat to the mind in which they are being placed in? The English language is a priority as it was then, it is now.” You make a very strong point though I was hoping you could possibly expand on what methods were used to teach the rest of the world English.

    Extra Credit 1/25/3

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  2. I think the most original part of this post was its focus on how english could be used to oppress others in a modern context. I think as an improvement I would like to see more information on what a universal language would look like, as there has never been one.

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  3. I like how you questioned yourself and the English language in this. The most original thought or idea was the thought of oppression that comes with not knowing English. You could add information from authors, supporting evidence to back up your thoughts. Great work!

    Rahma Kohin
    EC – 20/25

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