Native Spanish Language

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Sometimes a person’s native language is not the same language spoken with the rest of society. Everybody comes from different backgrounds and based on those backgrounds influences how a person is raised, including the language they grow up learning. However, not knowing the same language as the rest of the population disables an individual from being able to communicate with them. In addition, language also affects a person’s ability to read and write. This becomes an issue with children who grew up in an environment where their primary language may not have been English because it could alter their performance at school. As a native Spanish speaker, I had trouble with English when I first started school, but with practice and effort, I was …show more content…
At one point I believed what I knew was correct, but then I was told that it was not and that I had to do it a different way instead. Most importantly, what I did not understand then was the whole purpose of me learning English. I thought everybody spoke Spanish, which is why I did not take the learning process seriously. Looking back at it now, I can't even recall how I passed the readiness test for kindergarten. On the first day of school, I did my best to get by. When the teacher gave instructions, I copied what the other students did to follow through. However, when it came to reading and writing, I was lost. We were assigned to make a list of all the activities we did over the summer; so while everybody else picked up their pencil and began to write, I sat there with a blank piece of paper on my desk. Of course, everybody’s spelling was not going to be perfect, but I didn't even have the words to express myself. Reading wasn’t any better. Even after I learned how to pronounce the words correctly, I did not know what the word meant if I didn’t see a visual representation of that …show more content…
Even though it was barely the beginning of the school year, I didn’t believe I was going to improve. Instead, I believed I was going to be stuck in the same place while everybody moved forward. My mother noticed how anxious and hesitant I was about going to school. After I explained to her about my worries she assured me that it will get better. The solution was to just practice. She bought more books in English and any other material that would help me including finding my brother’s old work from when he was kindergarten. We would review every day and she even tried to turn it into a game so it would be more entertaining. She would use flashcards or have me read a short story and afterwards, explain to her what had happened. To practice my writing, she would have me compose a story and then rewrite again after she proofread it. At first, doing all that extra work restrained me from doing other activities I wanted to, but then it came to me that it did not bother me anymore. I knew it was helping because my teacher started praising me for my improvement. I began to receive high grades on all literacy tests we

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