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Bartley1 Miriam Bartley Professor Schmidt Literacy Autobiography 24 September 2018 Growing up in Jamaica, I was thought two different language: Proper English and Broken English. I learn proper English through attending school and family, while on the other hand broken English is a natural part of speech in my culture. I can speak broken English but mainly if I get upset or sometimes occasionally comes out of my mouth, but proper English was always apart of me because my parents, teachers and some family members endorse it a lot. On the other side broken English is another grammar that was learned naturally once you were born in Jamaica. “What is Broken English?” you may ask. It is a language used in Jamaica that is all about slangs but English which lacks accuracy and fluency and is characterized by interference of native language grammatical rules as well as rules of use. As a child, I attended a traditional preparatory kindergarten that of which most people wouldn’t be able to afford in Jamaica, a school Jamaicans otherwise called “Prep school”, just like Catholic school here in America. I am not from a wealthy or rich family, but my parents have a very strong belief that their children should and must have a better education than they had by working crazy hours and overtime. And so, as a family of six with ne being the third child, we all went to “Prep school” but living in Jamaica as a child trying to keep up with speaking proper English was very tough, stressing and depressing. 1
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Bartley2 In my neighborhood the people there never liked me and my family because of speaking proper English we never had much friends as kids beside the one’s at school. People would laugh at us when we speak and say we are “Twanging,” a slang used when someone thinks you are trying to speak English and not just that, but it also sounds very weird speaking proper English around an entire country that speaks Broken English daily.
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