my favorite foreign words

An aspect of identity includes the language we use. Subcultures and slang and multi-lingual societies reveal other aspects of identity, which can become most apparent when we communicate. Re-blogged with permission.

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When I was a kid and an application needed to be filled out in my name that required the listing of all languages spoken, my mother used to always write: American, the Queen’s English, and some French. These days I speak little French, and my Queen’s English is restricted to impressions of my mother or speaking poshly about posh things (sometimes, one in the same). I studied English at school and have made a career of realizing that one tiny little word, as insignificant as it may seem, can have big implications (I was once on a negotiation where both legal teams argued for twenty minutes over the use of the word “shall”); but despite the beauty of the English language, I still have dreams of speaking other languages that pick up where English drops off. The ability to engage in side conversations at key moments without anyone around…

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About Daniel Roddick

Daniel has a B.A. in American History with minors in both Ethnic Studies and Sociology. He also has an M.Ed. in College Administration and Counseling. Daniel has worked in the financial aid industry for over a decade. He has presented all over the country on financial aid issues related to equity, inclusion, and access to education. He is also a writer of poetry, fiction, and this blog, all of which touch on identity.
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