Reading and Writing Memory

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Thuy Truong
02/21/13
Reading and Writing Memory
Curves, strokes, dots, and lines all twisting and turning around each other like some sort of messed up balloon animals. To me, these symbols are as complex as Chinese letters are to the snobs that spits out this language. “English”, they call it. “Why can you speak English?’ they ask. But from the day I stepped into that class, the one they call kindergarten, I knew it, “English” would be the beginning of a lifelong migraine.

Vietnamese; that is the language I speak. It is my native tongue, though here it is a foreign tongue. Funny how a couple thousand miles could switch the meaning of a word, is not it? Perhaps that is the reason behind my confusion. For one, it is a known fact that the best way to learn a new language is to hear it and see it simultaneously. The brain is supposed to make these connections on its own; that is how the mind works. Then the older you get, the harder it is for your brain to make these connections. Think of it as a loaf of bread. The longer it sits, the staler it gets, and sooner or later you will need a stone to break through the outer shell. That was how my brain was a stale of bread; it was hard to take in a new foreign language at them same time learning how to write and speak it well. Is just like a baby learning how to walk and run. My first day starting elementary school, it was like walking into a dark room and trying to find the way out, by following the light. Just like reading and writing it takes time and patient to learn how to read and write. Even now in college and still I have a hard time trying to write a perfect paper without mistake. It is not that I do not know how, it is just how I put it down on paper to make it look perfect without any errors. Also when others are reading it will sound smooth, like a boat on a river with no waves to make it rock back and forth. Yes the reading aspect has improved significantly over the years, but the writing part is my...
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