Friday, October 28, 2005

Finally Friday- on national pride :P

So last night I was out and about getting started on my weekend with Ivan, Lili and Kristhina. Good times!! We had a really good time at happy hour where we made all of our plans for today because today my friends, is a really big day.

Tonight we are going to Caribbean Sun to dance to the beats of Mr. Danny Howells and Nick Warren. That promises to be A LOT of fun! The party starts after 10:00pm but being the beach bums we are, we are heading down to the beach after lunch and are staying there until tomorrow. Our Halloween celebrations begin today and only I know how much I love Halloween. Last year I was Lara Croft, this year...you'll see.

(sorry Grant, I had to rethink the slutty beach nurse outfit)

Anyway, last night I got yelled at for speaking English. I am still laughing about that one. After I dropped off Kristhina last night, we went to some friends' house. There were 5 people there: Ivan, Lili and I and then Vittorio (Italian), Francoise (French), Laura and Marlon. Our conversation was in Spanish because that was the only language everyone there had in common. Well...my phone rang and it was Kristhina so my mental switch was flipped to English and after I was done with my conversation Vittorio proceeded to say that people who choose to speak a foreign language over the local language have no national pride.

I have never laughed so hard in my life.

Apparently I have no national pride whatsoever because despite our heritage my brothers and I don't even speak to each other in Spanish. Hell, if it wasn't because I've heard them speak Spanish to other people I wouldn't even know that they did.

I think he had a pretty good argument; however, I think that he was over reacting. Why would I go out of my way to speak Spanish to someone who speaks English when I find it way easier to express myself in English? I dont' have to prove to humanity that I can speak another language. Whatever.

In my opinion lack of national pride is when you don't teach your children the language of their ancesters. It would be a real shame if I were to have a child and I didn't teach them Spanish along with whatever language their father may speak assuming that he is of a different culture. For me to raise a solely English speaking child would be an absolute mistake. In this day and age I think that speaking only one language is a real disadvantage. My cousins, for example, never learned Spanish or took any interest in foreign languages and as adults now they find that to be a handicap.

Poor little Fiona...she hasn't even been conceived and I have her life planned out including how many languages she is going to speak and how she is going to learn them...good thing my mom encouraged me to learn a few other languages aside english and spanish...

10 comments:

midwest_hick said...

hmmmmmm.....English isn't so bad...lol....have a super weekend!

Grant said...

As long as the outfit is something slutty and you post lots of pics, we'll all be happy. Happy Halloween. >:-)

Annina said...

Hahahahaha I have the same isuues with the whole english thing, all my friends speak english so I'm constantly in english mode, its so much easier to express everything.
Some people get upset...but guess what?!?!? I don't give a (beep)

vicpichardo said...

dominicans just love to give each other people a hard time, it's just our sense of humor.

i don't see anybody walking around dressed in white with a red sash at their waist and a straw hat. they don't support dominican art or music,etc. culture is driven by cable tv and american music. spanish is butchered, words invented (like all countries, language goes through evolution).

my point: through change comes progress. if somebody does not take the time to learn and practice english (the universal language, like it or not) they are being archaic and ignorant.

not to say that you shouldn't also be fluent in your native toungue. personally it got me my job, and gives me job security. my children sure as hell will be bilingual.

mw said...

The internet is a wonderful tool for brushing up on your conversational linguistics. In the three years of Italian I took in school, I never used the language as practically as when I met some folks from Italy online.

Ailyn said...

hope u have a great time partying. make sure we get a pix of the outfit!

schuey said...

Ze bro and I don't speak german together and I'm ok with my german me... :D

The Assimilated Negro said...

donde esta el bano?

AniCh said...

Bendito no te vi en el bonche, tengo como tres fotos de la noche de danny howells y nick warren :D

WonderCorky said...

so what you're saying is...

that we english speaking guys still have a chance!!!


line up guys... annush is ready

peace WC