Spanglish, the New American Language?
Have you ever walked down the street and heard someone speaking a form of English that was unfamiliar to you? Well no matter if you know what I’m talking about or not, you will understand by the end of my essay. The idea of literacy in the United States is often over looked largely based on the number of immigrants we have living in our country, but, I think it is time we look at where we are education wise in our country. The article, Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language, was written by a man named Ilan Stavans, who is a Mexican immigrant living in the United States. The article is about how he feels the United States is working towards a new nationwide language called Spanglish. The Oxford English Dictionary defines Spanglish as, “a type of Spanish contaminated by English words and forms of expression”. So basically Spanglish is when someone speaks Spanish and English at the same time. I believe that the idea of Spanglish becoming a new American language is not necessary, there is no way we can try to teach everyone a new language when Americans are so against change. I also feel that changing the language that people grew up with will cause a lot of drama and make people born in America feel that they are being made to change their lifestyle even though this new language might be necessary for some people to learn.
Ilan Stavans is a Mexican who immigrated to the United States in the mid – 1980’s. His article talks about how our entire nation of the United States should learn a new language of Spanglish to accommodate to the large number of Mexican immigrants coming into our country. Stavans talks about how he could walk down the streets of New York City and would be able to hear languages like English, Spanish, Yiddish, and Hebrew all being spoken to one another. He then writes that “English is the door to the American Dream. Not until one masters el ingles are the fruits of that dream attainable”...
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