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in class essay - I was fortunate enough to grow up in...

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I was fortunate enough to grow up in America learning to speak English from parent who, also having grown up in America, were extremely fluent in the language themselves. My mother’s mother, my Oma, was not so lucky. She immigrated to America in her early twenties speaking perfect German. She knew enough English to just get by, but as the years went on she became more fluent in the strange language. My Oma (Oma is the German word for grandmother) has been able to speak English all my life, but when she gets upset she sometimes will unconsciously revert back to German. When I was younger this would embarrass me to no end. Now that I have grown and matured I can recognize that all she needed was a little help; much as Chang-Rae Lee’s mother must have needed help in his story, “Mute in an English-Only World”. When I was thirteen, my Oma took me to the mall to get clothes for the upcoming school year. Being the Sunday before school was supposed to start the mall was extremely crowded. My Oma was extremely frustrated with the noise of the huge crowds and the lack of any decent customer
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