Personal Narrative: My Bilingual Education

Good Essays
I was bilingual. For the longest time, my world was divided in two categories: English and French. French was for home, and English was for school. French was for family, and English was for friends. French was for the news, and English was for comic books. Up until I was 15 years old, these two literacies made up my entire life. But neither of those literacies affected me in the same way that my third language did. At 15 years old, I became obsessed with the Japanese language. I remember picking up a self-teaching book at Chapters and devouring it chapter by chapter, and the more I knew, the more I craved to know more. However, it was never my plan to learn to write in Japanese. I found their writing system beautiful, to be sure; but not to the point of dedicating myself to learning over two thousand characters spanning over three different alphabets, and then some. However, the first two alphabets, collectively called ‘kana,’ only have about a hundred characters to them. Furthermore, they are phonetic, which means that they represent one sound that never changes regardless of context, unlike the third alphabet whose characters have multiple readings and whose pronunciation depends entirely on context. With this in mind, when I saw a free online program that promised to teach you how to read and write both kana alphabets …show more content…
So every day, I would sit down with a small notebook that I got just for that purpose and wrote down the same character over and over. Up to down, left to right, I would write rows upon rows of one kana until I was no longer thinking about the individual strokes and writing it became automatic. Then I moved on to the second. There was something intoxicatingly satisfying about looking back at the pages of the notebook filled to the brim with kana, almost like a visual representation of the progress I had

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    The difference in the ways we had to get help reading was he was getting one on one time with the nun, in his essay he writes,”everything about our session pleased me. (209)” My book reports were the total opposite. I had to get these done with no help and it upset me, and I wasn’t pleased with them at all. My teachers thought it would help my reading by doing these book reports but I think It wasn’t doing anything but disrupting my feelings towards reading. There was nothing about book reports that pleased…

    • 1172 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    I had forgotten what it was like to pursue a book of my own interest rather than one that was part of an assignment. This dawned on me as I started to read “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner. I had enjoyed the movie so much that when I heard that there was a book series made from it I decided to order the first one. I was absorbed by the pages but unlike when I was a kid I was now able to read by myself without a parent’s help. I read for hours as I dug deeper into the story.…

    • 1059 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    When I heard about an author, Tad Hershorn, coming to visit my English class, I was not amazed at all. I barely read one or two articles from him and never heard of him before. However, when I walked out of that session with him and all my classmates, I took a lot of helpful tips with me to instill in my writing. I was not expecting to learn so many different things from a person I was meeting for an hour and a half. I was astonished as to how my easy my writing can become better; all I have to do is learn to do some things I do not really do.…

    • 1373 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Literacy In Literature

    • 1293 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Richard Rodriguez had a difficulty in reading because he came from a bilingual family. His parents read and wrote in both English and Spanish but only used the English language for necessities like letters, recipes, newspapers, and etcetera. To Rodriguez, reading made him feel lonely nor did he have a connection with its literature. Reading also made him feel lifeless and dull. “Reading was, at best, only a chore.…

    • 1293 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    English was my favorite subject every year. I breezed through the assignments each day, and after class studied my textbook intently, absorbing every rule of grammar and memorizing lists of proper verb tenses and commonly misspelled words. My notebook for English became filled with fewer notes and more scraps of poetry and collections of interesting words. I began to see writing as less of a game and more of a way to truly make all my thoughts and ideas tangible and lasting. My passion for writing continued to grow, and I constantly amassed more cheap composition books and filled them within weeks.…

    • 1007 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This is the last essay of my English 101 class. I enjoyed each and every minute of it. Through the books, professor Turner ‘s direct approach of teaching that consists of handing out several good and terrible examples of essays, sentences structure, and grammar in class, I not only improved my writing process such as selecting my topic, well organizing and supporting my ideas, but also corrected some of my punctuation and grammar problems. English is a second language to me, so I spent a considerable amount of time writing each essay as they had different challenges. Throughout my writing, I encountered weaknesses like punctuation and grammar that I will still improve in English 102.…

    • 731 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    English Reflection Essay

    • 1171 Words
    • 5 Pages

    I started to add commas in my writing in order to for my writing to make sense. I had sticky notes to write my own feedback about my essay. I had my classmates to ask me what I needed to improve on for the essay to be great. I learned how to revise all my paper because of my classmates and when I took my notes. I learned how to use for note taking skills for all of my…

    • 1171 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    My first semester of college has been such a major change from high school because Professor Collins was very detailed about what needs to be fixed and how to fix it. While I was in high school, my English teacher did not do a very good job at giving feedback. Also, having my classmates give ideas on what to write about always played a big part in writing my final draft. I also thought it was a crazy idea when Professor Collins told me that I should read my paper out loud but now I do it for every paper and will continue to do it. My biggest regret this semester was not going to the writing center more and waiting last minute to do my papers.…

    • 817 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Growing up and throughout my formative years I loved reading but abhorred writing. I was disinterested and struggled with the concept that writing had a structure or flow that would make it easier to accomplish. I excelled at grammar, spelling, and speaking but ask me to write a single page double spaced and it would take me hours. I never took a professional or structured writing class as I avoided the subject in high school like the plague until I got to college. My very first class as a college student was UMUC’s very own, WRTG 101 with Ms.…

    • 1025 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    My Self Reflective Report

    • 1122 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Learning from my previous essay I then took the time to improve the way I arrange my wording and how I write out my sentences in the next paper. When I took my second paper, the Narrative Essay, to the writing center the evaluator found nearly no grammatical issues whatsoever. Although I still received a note saying “you have wording issues” when I turned in my paper and it is evident I still face the problem but I have…

    • 1122 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays