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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Kids today . .

Why is that if you have dark hair and dark eyes that kids automatically think you don’t speak English? I was walking home from taking Little Monkey to school one day and a student(not Hispanic) came up to me and stared speaking Spanish, truly expecting me to answer him in the same language.

 

I am Hispanic but I don’t speak Spanish. I can , enough to get around in Mexico if I had to but I’m not fluent. Do you find that kids automatically assume that if you are of a certain heritage that you don’t speak English? How do you handle it? Do you just pretend as to not embarrass the poor kid in front of his peers, or do you correct him?

 

Tiffanie

2 comments:

  1. You correct him.

    If you do not correct him, he will not learn his lesson.

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  2. I think alot of it depends on his age. Caden actually has a fascination with the Spanish language (I think it has something to do with Dora). He is only 5, but automatically assumes that anyone who is looks remotely hispanic can speak spanish. He usually will just blurt out..."I don't speak Spanish" even if the person has been speaking to him in English. I don't think he means any offense, and we talk about how all people can speak different languages. I think it is important to correct the child, but not in a way that belittles them.

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