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Op-ed

Linguistic Imperialism: When English Trumps All

“This is a country where we speak English, not Spanish,” said then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, of opponent Jeb Bush, whose wife is from Mexico and whose children are Hispanic. “ should really set an example by speaking English while in the United States.” Never mind Melania’s fluency in five languages. The Trump campaign’s “America first” mindset is what ultimately won him the presidency, and is a byproduct of the reality that Americans have been subconsciously

Race, Uncategorized

What is ‘Proper English’?: A Brief History On AAVE and It’s Usage

Today, Africans are in many places around the world. Outside of Africa, the countries with the highest population of Africans are Brazil, the United States, Colombia, Jamaica, and Haiti. Sadly, a lot of this movement was involuntary. Due to slavery and the Triangular Slave Trade, Africans have a long history of being treated as items and a commodity instead of human beings. A lot of history has been caused to be lost because when Africans

Real Life

Not Knowing English Doesn’t Make You Stupid

It was recorded in 2016 that 18 million naturalized citizens, 13 million legal non citizens, and 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently live in the United States. Does that mean all 42 million immigrants speak and are perfect in English? When you step onto a subway, a busy street, a bus, or anywhere with a crowd, you can hear that not everyone is speaking English. You could be hearing a mix of Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, French, German, or

Real Life

What Being Multilingual has Taught Me

I have been able to speak multiple languages my entire life. There isn’t really a period of time when I didn’t. As a multicultural human, I was immediately taught my mother’s language: Amharic and my father’s language: Italian. Later on, after moving to Germany and starting an American military school, I learned English. Now, I am sixteen and have taken 6 years of French. In all that time I have never been unhappy with my

Real Life

10 Words You May Have Been Using Incorrectly

The beauty of language is that it keeps evolving. The way people speak in literary classics such as Shakespeare and Chaucer are not too easy to understand for the average millennial who isn’t studying English or similar. The Lord’s Prayer from ten centuries ago is almost unrecognizable to English-speakers today, and guess what? Even words you think you’re familiar with don’t mean what you actually think they mean. Here’s a list of ten words that

Lifestyle

Why Travelling Solo Is Important

Many people plan group holidays, couple getaways, family vacations, but the gem of traveling solo is irreplaceable. I am at a stage in my life where I am 19, yet I haven’t been on an extended trip by myself. Despite moving out for university and living somewhere completely new to me for the past 6 months, it’s not the same as being on the move, from one overwhelmingly new place to the next. This summer

Race

What Being Multiracial in America Feels Like

Since it’s Hispanic Heritage Month, I was inspired to write something relating to my heritage and culture: A more personal viewpoint on the struggle of finding yourself when you’re biracial or multiracial. Just by looking at my name, you probably have an idea of my racial background. You also might have the common curiosity to ask things about it. My typical reply would be: “Well, my mother is White and Asian while my father is

Race

Why Indian Representation Matters

It was 12:00 am, March 25, 2016. Zayn’s debut album, Mind of Mine, had just been released. I wasted no time in downloading it, nevermind my sleepiness. As my iPhone finished syncing my music, I hopped in bed, popped some earphones in, and let the album run its course. My eyes closed and I slowly drifted in and out of consciousness, admiring the soothing, laid-back vibe of the album. Zayn crooned about reckless love, break-ups,

Asia, Race

You Can’t Speak Cantonese? Then You’re Not Allowed Here

“Hi, you’re applying for this programme right?” “Yes, I am.” “Can you speak Cantonese?” “A little bit.” “Then you aren’t eligible to apply for this programme.” That’s the phone call conversation that occurred between myself and the one in charge of a programme that I was applying for. A straight out rejection after knowing my “a little bit” Cantonese-speaking skills. But I’m not the only one. When it comes to employment, only 1 in 5

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