A personal ADIÓS to Mírame

Now the defensive whines of mirame participants have shifted from Afro-Latinx erasure and “Latinxs are oppressed too,” to pan-Latinidad and “we are ALL Latinxs.”

¿Qué PUÑETA les pasa a estos cabrone que no les entra ná por sus cocos?

Don’t they realize how ridiculous they sound using the same damn arguments white people created? No me importa tres carajos that “we’re all Latinxs,” you might as well say “we’re all human,” just like anglos do. WE DO NOT UNDERGO THE SAME EXPERIENCES.

The distinct cultural identities within Latinidad, the divisions created by them and our racial diversity are not worth just celebrating, but also worth studying and truly implementing into our mainstream cultue. Fuck pan-Latinidad. The only thing that binds us together is geography and linguistics y CUIDAO, considering the ever-increasing presence of linguistic and geographic distancing between ethnic groups throughout Latin America.

Afrodescendiente and indigenous Latinxs are waking up to the racial realities of our respective societies, and with each passing day there is a thicker line between us and them. Y'all’s whitewashed Univision - CÑÑ - Telemundo ass perspectives on life in Latin America have further clarified our view of oppressive institutionalized power structures upheld by none other than WHITE Latinxs.

Honestly this is us saying not only do we not want a bootleg Latinx version of “BlackOut” like Mírame to further whitewash latinidad, paint it as monolithic and erase black Latinxs - we don’t need it! Ja! 😊😊😊 I’m so japi y'all’s “movement” is a living, breathing anti-black REDUNDANCY. ¡Cuidense! Suavecito poray witcha flop of a selfie day! 😂

Multiple Intelligences & Socialization

(This is an old reflection that I accidentally saved as a draft, so I’m posting now! Hope that’s okay.)

Reading Gardner’s article about Multiple Intelligences and hearing John Comazzi expand on the theory in class sparked a lot of thoughts in my mind. I was particularly drawn to the briefly touched upon idea of socialization playing a vital role in our development of these capacities or ‘intelligences’. Though Gardner’s theories often stressed the need for there to be a physical indication in the brain in order for something to be considered a universal intelligence, he also briefly touched on the way in which these capacities are learned and formed at an early age, alongside being naturally/genetically coded. Indeed, in this sense I found that his theory really connected with a lot of my own knowledge from taking social science/Anthropology classes. Having taken Linguistic classes, I know that the more exposed you are to different sounds and languages at a young age, the easier you will find it to learn a new language later on in life. Additionally, and perhaps more significantly, your oral/conversational skills will also be considerably better than those without such early exposure. This is because languages are laced with meaningful sounds, sounds that a native speaker will recognize, but non-native speakers will often be unable to decipher or will simply not be aware of and will therefore not be able to mimic them properly in speech. This often gets muddled with the idea of having the right 'accent’, but is actually a lot more complex than that. Individuals who are exposed to a lot of different languages at a young age will have a trained ear that is used to hearing and differentiating between sounds and will therefore be more likely to recognize and use meaningful sounds when speaking new languages. This is fundamentally Linguistic Intelligence and my Mother is a prime example of it! Growing up as the daughter of an Italian diplomat, she travelled all over the world during her childhood and was exposed to many, many different cultural environments and new languages! She didn’t formally learn all of these languages, but simply heard them. She now speaks English, Italian, French, and Spanish, and can usually pull off a conversation in German, Chinese, and Portuguese because her ear and mind are so in-tune.

To me, it seems that some areas of our intelligence (referring to Gardner’s whole theory rather than IQ) are often highly influenced and even formed through the process of socialization. What we are exposed to during our childhood and the things we are taught in our family units, in school, or in pretty much any social context is what really forms our differing 'intelligences’. I guess that’s why it’s so important for us to make an effort to continue that experience, to learn and play throughout life, even as an adult, and particularly with and from others. I think that although nature and biology obviously play a big part in determining some of our innate skills or areas of prodigy/expertise, the fact that we are social creatures and are raised as such plays a large part in creating such complex minds and is, throughout evolution, one of the ways in which we have developed superior cognitive abilities compared to other primates.

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My name is Delia Ibañez. I am Colombian American and I am tired of people saying “oh no’ you can’t be Hispanic, you have light hair and light eyes” Latino/Hispanic is not a race. We are a group of people sharing a cultural and linguistic background. See these photos? My mother has red hair and blue eyes and comes from an Anglo-American background that happens to Be the source of the majority of my visible genes. My father, born in Colombia, has the dark skin, hair, and eyes that is generally attributed. However that does not explain how my cousins and uncles and aunts, who have Colombian parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, have light eyes and hair. Maybe it’s because WE ARE NOT A RACE. I’m tired of my ethnicity and ancestry being grouped with a race on state paperwork. I’m tired of ignorance, I’m tired of people saying, “oh you speak Colombian and Spanish” or “did your dad come to the states because of the drugs” I’m tired of people in public telling my mom that I look so much like her but asking me if my dad has kidnapped me. “No one can trust one of those ‘Mexicans’” I’m tired of people assuming my father is an ignorant illegal immigrant. That he has dark skin and an accent too he must be willing to help them with yard work. He has his own corporation for crying out loud. He has created jobs for hundreds of people. I’m tired of people assuming that the Hispanic must be a robber so it’s okay that he got killed. Obviously it doesn’t matter that he was the father to two little girls or that for the past six years I haven’t known whether to say I have three brothers or four since one of them was MURDERED. Was the killer charged? No, the Hispanic man couldn’t have been going around preaching the word of God like all the witnesses said, the killer must have been acting under self defense. I am Hispanic and I am tired.

Teaching English for Communicative Performance and Business Communication

Teaching English for Communicative Performance and Business Communication

Teaching English for Communicative Performance and Business Communication

It is a challenge to us English teachers to manage with our own widely differing linguistic competence the large classes of mixed ability students. Non-availability or high cost of books and instructional material are the challenges just as tests and exams seem to have become the only goal in themselves. In addition,…

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some people have contrived linguistic rules about when to use which, but i use the terms exam and test interchangeably bc i’m simultaneously examining my life choices and testing my will to live so both are applicable

Obi-Wan and Twi’leki Headcannon

 During Obi-wan’s first year as Master Jinn’s padawan, he had to pick one galactic language to add to his class roster. When he consulted his master, Qui-gon simply said, “Something you’ll enjoy learning and that will serve you well in the future.”

So Obi-wan did the only logical thing and obsessively researched galactic languages for a week. Bocce, Mando’a, Rodese, and Durese were all considered, mostly because they were widespread trade languages and highly likely to save his neck someday.

His decision was postponed until after he and Qui-gon had gone on several missions, but by the time Obi-wan returned to the temple, he knew without a doubt what he wanted to learn. 

Twi’leki

The Twi’lek were everywhere, from the posh homes of the highest Republican senators to the back alleys of planets deep in Hutt-controlled space. Because they were so common and, tragically, so commonly enslaved, they saw much and knew more, and few paid them much mind past their… appeal. 

Qui-gon didn’t look surprised when Obi-wan registered for the class. “It’s a good choice,” the master said, watering those insidious plants.

After all, who would suspect a slave of knowing just the right way to take their master down? 

But in 2008, Baby Mama was the first flowering of a linguistic trend now in full bloom across all media: that of prefacing a statement with bitch for rhetorical effect. These days, proemial bitches have staked out turf with Rihanna’s new single “Bitch Better Have My Money” Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” and the Nicki Minaj–Madonna collaboration “Bitch, I’m Madonna.” They’ve inspired two songs called “Bitch Please,” the first, by Snoop Dogg, addressed to a female bitch, and the second, by Jessi Smiles, pitched at a male bitch, as the prefatory bitch transcends gender. They frequent hip-hop lyrics, equally adroit at conveying playful hubris (“bitch, I’m a don”), unhinged menace (“bitch, I’m a monster, a no-good bloodsucker”), and scoffing antagonism (“bitch, you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym”). And then there’s the meme-osphere, aswirl with such bitch-headed catchphrases as “Bitch, I’m fabulous,” “Bitch, you guessed it,” and—because such things are not always obvious to bitches—“Bitch, I’m a bus.”
¡Que LSA!

By: Nicole Wojcik ‘08, B.A. Linguistics; Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish & Islamic Studies

I am a proud LSA graduate who has never once used her degree.

No, wait - it’s not that simple. Allow me to clarify:

I’ve used my degree. Personally, I benefited from following my passion for language and the romance of studying a belief system from the roots up. Professionally, the degree didn’t take me as far as my skill set until recently, when it all came full-circle.

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meridok reblogged your post and added:

What on earth is Rocket Robin Hood? It’s some cartoon thing isn’t it? Jfc Gaider. I’m gonna keep pretending its a Dorian Gray reference.

And I’m not sure I’d call it lack of effort so much as lack of a particular kind of effort. They never seem to be able to put effort - or effort enough to satisfy me anyway lol - into anything vaguely linguistics related lmao.

WHAAAAT? How do you grow up in Canada and not remember endless Rocket Robin Hood reruns?

Oh wait, you lots younger then me, aren’t you?