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You are African? Your English is Excellent!
« on: June 28, 2007, 01:10:27 PM »
This is what my pre-law advisor said. >:(

She isn't the first to say this and I'm sure she won't be the last - why do people assume that someone who is African won't speak English well? And what do I say after this?  "Thank you?"'  "Oh, Nigeria was colonized by the British so we speak English?"

I can shrug it off as ignorance but I hate the assumption.

Sorry - just venting.  Now, me go study for LSAT!  ;)

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Re: You are African? Your English is Excellent!
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2007, 02:10:17 PM »
This is what my pre-law advisor said. >:(

She isn't the first to say this and I'm sure she won't be the last - why do people assume that someone who is African won't speak English well? And what do I say after this?  "Thank you?"'  "Oh, Nigeria was colonized by the British so we speak English?"

I can shrug it off as ignorance but I hate the assumption.

Sorry - just venting.  Now, me go study for LSAT!  ;)




hahahaha....go ahead and vent girl. I've gotten that so many times! "O but you speak so well" or "Wow, you dont have an accent" My situation might be a bit different than most since I was born in the states but once people see my name, they assume everything under the sun...

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Re: You are African? Your English is Excellent!
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2007, 02:57:14 PM »
I think I would actually have the opposite reaction: "Oh, you are African, no wonder your English is so good!"

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Re: You are African? Your English is Excellent!
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007, 03:22:56 PM »
I think I would actually have the opposite reaction: "Oh, you are African, no wonder your English is so good!"


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Re: You are African? Your English is Excellent!
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007, 03:58:12 PM »
Personally I wouldn't read much into it.  If people are assuming you are foreign born (and the second implicit assumption being that you are ESL), then it's a pretty natural reaction.  I have some German relatives, and I'm amazed that they speak "American" English better, and with a clearer accent, than some of my own friends.  I'm certainly not saying, and I doubt most other people are saying, that Africans or Germans can't speak English well.  It's just a reaction to the assumption, correct or incorrect, that English is a secondary language for you.  Certainly not worth messing with your state of mind while studying for the LSAT.  But if it bothers you that much, at least stock up on some sort of witty riposte or something.  "Oh really?  Thank you.  Well, you speak English very well for an American", or something like that :P
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Re: You are African? Your English is Excellent!
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2007, 04:03:18 PM »
Personally I wouldn't read much into it.  If people are assuming you are foreign born (and the second implicit assumption being that you are ESL), then it's a pretty natural reaction.  I have some German relatives, and I'm amazed that they speak "American" English better, and with a clearer accent, than some of my own friends.  I'm certainly not saying, and I doubt most other people are saying, that Africans or Germans can't speak English well.  It's just a reaction to the assumption, correct or incorrect, that English is a secondary language for you.  Certainly not worth messing with your state of mind while studying for the LSAT.  But if it bothers you that much, at least stock up on some sort of witty riposte or something.  "Oh really?  Thank you.  Well, you speak English very well for an American", or something like that :P

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Re: You are African? Your English is Excellent!
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2007, 04:07:43 PM »
Plus Americans are idiots when it comes to cultural awareness.  I once heard a teenager (no lie) ask a British woman how she learned to speak English so well.  :o

The woman was like, "You know my country is called ENGLAND, right?"
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Re: You are African? Your English is Excellent!
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2007, 06:04:32 PM »
"You're Haitian? You don't look Haitian"

I mean I hate when PEOPLE say that.
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Re: You are African? Your English is Excellent!
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2007, 06:22:52 PM »
This is what my pre-law advisor said. >:(

She isn't the first to say this and I'm sure she won't be the last - why do people assume that someone who is African won't speak English well? And what do I say after this?  "Thank you?"'  "Oh, Nigeria was colonized by the British so we speak English?"

I can shrug it off as ignorance but I hate the assumption.

Sorry - just venting.  Now, me go study for LSAT!  ;)



word, go ahead and vent gyrl!  that's some straight up ignance.  But I kinda admire what u did because I would've said something rather inappropriate in response  :D 
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Re: You are African? Your English is Excellent!
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2007, 07:29:53 PM »
Personally I wouldn't read much into it.  If people are assuming you are foreign born (and the second implicit assumption being that you are ESL), then it's a pretty natural reaction.  I have some German relatives, and I'm amazed that they speak "American" English better, and with a clearer accent, than some of my own friends.  I'm certainly not saying, and I doubt most other people are saying, that Africans or Germans can't speak English well.  It's just a reaction to the assumption, correct or incorrect, that English is a secondary language for you.  Certainly not worth messing with your state of mind while studying for the LSAT.  But if it bothers you that much, at least stock up on some sort of witty riposte or something.  "Oh really?  Thank you.  Well, you speak English very well for an American", or something like that :P

Tag since the British consider American english as junk anyway  ;)

Which is bull, especially since American English is more conservative than British English.  Language evolves.  It evolves in multiple directions.  Get over it.
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