Language As An Identity Essay

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Language as an Identity Culture is a part of everyone's life, whether we choose to express it in our everyday lives or to just be aware of its presence. A major part of one's culture is a defining language. Languages are developed within common groups of people to unite and to create strength, but they are not meant to define us. Sometimes the revelation of different languages into different groups creates various conflicts. In Robert D. King’s essay, Should English Be the Law? He examines whether or not combining the American people officially to one common language is necessary or unneeded. Hot Dogs and Wild Geese written by Firoozeh Dumas, emphasizes that in order for immigrants to live in America they have to understand and speak a little bit of English to get by. Language is a very powerful thing. It is the way that people communicate with each other. For an immigrant living in America I think that language is very essential. A complication that most immigrants face is having the ability to adapt and embrace culture without having the fear of losing any part of who they are. They are also faced with the fear of limitations on achieving all of their goals. When immigrants move to a new destination they struggle to adapt to the environment because they tend to shy away from their cultural background. They adapt to the so called “American culture”. Truth is I don’t believe there is such a thing as the American culture. The United States has been called a melting pot because, over the centuries, people from many different countries and cultures have come to reside here. Despite being held on high standards people still discriminate against different cultures, because of this we run away from culture and we never fully live and understand the importance of culture. In reality America doesn’t have one
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