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76100 Dr. Di Prete CMU Oct 14, 2007 Annotations for Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual childhood Paragraph 1-3 : Richard Rodriguez’s first experience in studying under a wealthy public English education system. The first classroom experience comes to him as very exotic with mixture of complicated feelings. Paragraph: 4: Richard introduces the term “bilingual education” to illustrate how the national education policy affected his school experience. His basic idea is that the purpose of speaking family language at school as well as English was not effective but meddling. Paragraph 5: He brings one of the main comments from his childhood experiences: the background as a Spanish-speaking immigrants set his family as “socially disadvantaged.” Paragraph 6: He comments that the initial experience with Americans was not extremely suffering, but there was a cultural prejudices and conflicts that set his family apart from the others, so-called “los gringos.” Paragraph 7-8: Rodriguez explains the cultural barrier and his family’s limited social reciprocation with ‘the others,’ by examples of the Spanish cultural circumstance (such as language) that separated them. Paragraph 9: Rodriguez recalls how short his English was compared to Spanish spoken in family. Paragraph 10-11: The author begins to interpret the difference between English and Spanish based on its sound. Paragraph 12: Rodriguez agrees that linguistic difficulty does not matter since it has no serious consequences. Paragraph 13: After the previous paragraph, the author illustrates the nervous moment where his father was having trouble speaking English in his job. Paragraph 14: He addresses his insights on how Spanish is different from English, that those who speak Spanish recognize special intimacy among them. Paragraph 15-17: Rodriguez sees Spanish as a private language that assures his privacy and
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