Has Your Child Been Embarrassed By Your Accent?

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From our friends at Mamiverse!

Is your child embarrassed by your Spanish, Cuban, Mexican or Puerto Rican accent? Young people do not want to be different. Youngsters wish to belong, especially to the country and to the culture they were born into or have adopted. They are true conformists and their parents and grandparents who do not have fluency and a certain dexterity in English make them feel ashamed, uncomfortable, and embarrassed in front of their peers.

Long ago, some of my college classmates avoided taking me to their homes because they were embarrassed by their parents’ lack of mastery of the English language. I had that impression because I was often asked to wait in the car while they went indoors to get something we needed: a book, money… whatever. But keeping me outside did not keep me from hearing one of their parents come out and shout something in broken English with an Italian, Slovak, Czech or Bulgarian accent.

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  1. Jen

    “They are true conformists and their parents and grandparents who do not have fluency and a certain dexterity in English make them feel ashamed, uncomfortable, and embarrassed in front of their peers.”

    That’s a rather broad blanket statement. My dad has a very thick accent, and never once was I ever ashamed of his accent or him. I always thought it was neat that he was unique.

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