provide an example of the power of language that you personally experienced or witnessed

Language has the power to name, persuade, unite, divide, and empower us. Consider a time in your life when your were personally aware of the power of language. In a well developed paragraph (6-8 sentences) provide an example of the power of language that you personally experienced or witnessed (e.g., via popular culture or media). Your initial example is due Wed. at 11:59pm.

Once you post initially you will be able to see other examples. Please provide comments or feedback on at least three of your classmates examples by Sunday at 11:59pm.

 

 

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Corbin Grupps

Language has the power to name, persuade, unite, divide, and empower us. Consider a time in your life when your were personally aware of the power of language. In a well developed paragraph (6-8 sentences) provide an example of the power of language that you personally experienced or witnessed (e.g., via popular culture or media). Your initial example is due Wed. at 11:59pm.

Once you post initially you will be able to see other examples. Please provide comments or feedback on at least three of your classmates examples by Sunday at 11:59pm.

 

 

Marco Ramirez

 

Ever since I was very young, I wasn’t really taught another language other than English by my parents. However, my grandparents, though spoke some English, relied heavily on Spanish to speak. Though I could always figure out what they wanted to say, this would often times create a language barrier between me and them, as our first languages were different. Wanting to hold better conversations with my grandparents, this eventually led me to putting in the time to learn Spanish. I was really close to them, so it was important to me to learn to speak easier with them. The power of language, or in this case, lack thereof, emboldened my relationship with them as the years progressed.

 

Brenda Kyalo

 

I am a part time nanny to a seven month old which causes me to experience the importance of language everyday. Because she obviously doesn’t use words, It’s sometimes really tricky trying to figure out what she is trying to communicate with her coo’s or cries.  Even though I know she can’t respond I still find myself asking her questions like “Are you hungry?” or “Are you sleepy?”. She has started learning baby sign language and has recently mastered the sign for “milk” which is super handy! Also, with her being from a bilingual household, I am very excited to hear what language her first words will be in.

 

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