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This is great that we have this class...people who come to this country should be expected to speak English, because that is our native language. But we also need to teach our American women (and men) how to speak proper English as well. Of course it should be taught in school but isn't. It is disheartening when you hear a grown up (especially who has children) saying "I ain't got or He come over the other day and the most irritant is Where you at" No one says Yes, of course, but instead “Yea”. American English is being replaced by lazy, improper and slang vernacular. Not to mention the F-word and other curse words that is used frequently by our young folks. If I live another 40 years I wonder if I’d recognize our language?
Like the golden age of education when a few attended great schools, the myth of the golden age of language persists. Very few have ever mastered Sandard American English. Communication is what counts.
There is no American English as such because every region in America has it's own dialect, and there are sub-dialects within those. Also, people speak like those around them.
Language is organic and fluid, words are added, some taken away; it is something with which one can have fun. I think we should be creative in how we talk and write and don't be afraid to use colloquialisms, slang or jargon.
Language evolves, for better or worse. The computer doesn't help either. Good school, though. Thanks for the story.
I know people who are immigrants who have greatly been helped by this program.
May it continue to help many more people!
What matters is being able to communicate. Different American dialects are not that important.
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