English is my
native language. Southern English is my dialect. I traveled all
over the world, many times over and I have many observations on
languages. I grew up in Northern California, son of father from
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a mother from Graceville, Florida.
Though English was my natural
needless to say, I was surrounded by a large variety of dialects. I
always said yes sir, yes maam to any adult. If called by an adult,
I was to answer with Sir/Maam. I had a very structured
childhood. I woke up in the morning, had some morning chores to do.
Then it was school time. My elementary school was behind the houses
that were across the street, so it was a short walk to the school
crossing, and to school. I was to be home at a certain time after
school was over. I always did well in school, so I was allowed some
latitude about when I worked on my homework, but my homework would
be done. My parents even bought a huge Encyclopedia Britannica set
that just so happened to stay in my room. Athletics was a part of
my life for as far back as I can remember. I was always encouraged
to participate in sports. I
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It did not take long to realize that I was out of place. I did not mind so much that I did not understand the culture, but what bothered me most was that I did not have any idea about the native language. I was forced to rely on the locals that we were visiting to understand my language. Even English-speaking countries such as Australia and Scotland required some translation. Of all the countries (over thirty) had English speakers that were fluent in English, probably better that I was. And as I observed my fellow countrymen in these lands, I realized how not only arrogant we were, but how deficient out education system was. We all expected that other cultures learn and adapt to our needs, which is a collective attitude in the United
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