The Beauty of Bilingualism

The Beauty of Bilingualism

An in depth look in how a new language can help you discover who you are.
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I was two years old when my mom took me to an academic counselor to get me diagnosed. My mom had been a teacher her entire life and was exceedingly alarmed when she came to the realization that I “colored differently than the other children.” I asked her once how this was even possible seeing as children often scribble aimlessly outside the lines, but she said my case was just different. The next four years my learning was monitored and I even homeschooled my first year of kindergarten so that my mom could better examine my learning, and then I was sent off to kindergarten.

It was here that it became evident I was behind in almost every subject despite my mom working so hard to get me where I should be. I did everything backward. I learned to add before I learned to subtract, I learned to read long vowels before short, and I genuinely feel that my teacher gave up on trying to teach my left from my right.

I made the journey down to a very intimidating looking office with a large sign that read “academic counselor” then after a series of test, it came out that I was dyslexic. This learning disability has been passed down from family to family member. It plagued my grandmother, only to be passed down directly to my father, and then to me. There are many cases where it skips a generation, however I was not graced with such luck. Every single family member on my father’s side has been diagnosed with dyslexia and I was just another number to add to what seemed to be the disappointment of my family.

My dad says he has forever held a heavy heart for me and the reason behind this and I am exactly like him. We think alike, talk alike, act alike, and we both have dyslexia. Dyslexia has forever been the bond that tied the hearts of me and my father together because no one can truly understand unless they have the condition themself. “I know exactly what you’re thinking,” was the number one thing said to me by my father time and time again. Unlike everyone else in my life, I knew when he said that, it was actually true. We shared a brain and he was able to explain things to me in a way I truly feel no one else could.

I went back and forth for years struggling with stupidity and finding myself inadequate. I always said I was never insecure about the stereotypical things most girls were insecure about. I never gave a fuck if I was good looking, pretty, or if anyone liked me, but I did forever fight the feeling that I was stupid. I had a nagging thought in the back of my mind all the time that everything I said was dumb and people were going to know I wasn’t even remotely close to where I ought to be in the area of intelligence.

Something really shifted in my about two years ago. I was sitting in Spanish class when I realized I understood every word my teacher was saying. “Entonces necesitamos trabajar duro hoy si tu quieres estar listo para mañana.” I literally blinked slow, thinking it was some sort of dream where I was completely bilingual. I understood everything she said. We need to work really hard today if we wanna we wanna be ready for tomorrow.

She continued speaking and I continued understanding. When I told my dad about it, he said he had always had a call for languages, but never really pursued it before. “Maybe that’s our thing. Our brains are backward, you know.” He said with a shrug. I had finally found something I was good at. No only had I found something academic that I was good at, I found something useful that I was good at. I began listening when I went out to different conversations when I would hear a Latino family speaking to one another. I was always so happy to see the look of surprise when I launched into Spanish by others who spoke it.

I am perhaps the most Caucasian woman who has ever graced the earth so there never ceased to be surprise when I went into fluent Spanish. I truly felt for the first time not only like I was adequate academically, but I really did feel smart. I felt smart and important. I was working at a restaurant at the time and I would use it to take the orders of people who did not speak English well. “Que te gustaria?” Was one of the first phrases I learned in my beginning stages. Every time I spoke in Spanish the attitude of those around me was always one of awe. I had spent a vast majority of my life feeling inferior to those who were smarter, quicker, and more clever than me. It seemed to me like their future was already made. It was almost guaranteed for them, almost like they had some sort of build in success.

For once, I had something that could take me far as well. I looked into the amounts translators made and realized it was also going to aid me in my passion for immigration and getting the undocumented community safely to America.

One thing I’ve always felt divides us is that we don’t speak the same language. This country is a melting pot of different cultures, places, people, and languages, but I’ve never felt more united than I did when I first began learning Spanish and I feel that sense of beautiful unity today too. Spanish gave me a personnel feeling of worth that I had never felt before up until before about two years ago and it gave me a much greater overarching feeling of inclusion. I felt like I was including a group of people that this country so often forgets.

I feel stronger than ever being bilingual and though I am not yet perfect, and perhaps I never will be, I am still working harder and harder every day. I realize that every single person finds their worth in different ways, mine was in a language I never even knew I wanted to speak which led me to meet some of the most amazing people.

Asi que mucho gracias para escuchando a me hablar y hablar y hablar! Espero que tu puedes encuentres tu valía en algo bonita tambien.”

(Thanks for listening and I hope you find your worth in something beautiful too.)

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Top 50 Things You'll Hear A Southern Say

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For those of you who may need a little help understanding the slang of a southern, I made a list of the top 50 phrases and sayings, along with their translations.

1. Bless your heart.

My favorite saying. It is an empathetic phrase that is usually uttered when the speaker believes the recipient to be sweet, but misguided or stupid. It can also be used if the speaker believes the recipient needs to grow up and deal with it, when the speaker says it in a sarcastic tone.

2. Barking up the wrong tree.

Means being misguided or mistaken.

3. Aren't you precious?

Mostly this saying is used in a sarcastic tone in response to someone being offensive.

4. Britches.

Pants or underpants.

An example would be, "Your britches are too short, you can't wear those".

5. Coke.

Regardless if it's Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola, or another carbonated beverage, it's called Coke here in the South.

6. Fixin' to.

Simply means that you are about to do something.

7. Get the short end of the stick.

This phrase means that you basically got an unfair deal or cheated out of something.

8. Give Me Some Sugar.

Simply means give me a kiss.

9. Hissy Fit.

A hissy fit is a grown-up version of a temper tantrum that is as bad as one that a toddler would throw.

10. Hold Your Horses.

Be patient.

11. Holler.

When you say "holler" you are basically letting the other person know something.

Example: Holler at me when you are ready to get something to eat.

12. If the creek don't rise.

This saying simply means that if nothing bad happens, everything will go as planned.

13. You're as slow as molasses in the wintertime.

This phrase means that you are being EXTRA slow.

14. Muddin'.

Off-road four-wheeler riding with the intentions of getting mud everywhere and possibly losing control.

15. Skat Cat.

A phrase that can be used instead of saying "God bless you" when you sneeze.

16. There's Not A Pot Too Crooked That A Lid Won't Fit.

There is someone for everyone.

17. Pitcher.

We mostly mean a plastic container that holds sweet tea, not the position of a guy on the baseball team.

18. Reckon.

When you say "I reckon", you believe that something is true.

19. Hoot With The Owls, Soar With The Eagles.

This simple phrase means that if you are going to stay up all night, you should be able to get early in the morning.

20. Too Big For Your Britches.

Simply means that you take yourself too seriously.

21. Stompin' Grounds.

Your hometown or where you grew up.

22. Back In The Day.

Back in the day could be a month ago, a year ago, or 20 years ago.

23. You're A Spitting Image Of (Insert Family Member).

Yes, I know I'm a spitting image of my mother. "Spitting image" simply means that you look just like someone.

24. "Darlin, Sugar, Sweetheart"

These words are simply terms of endearment.

25. Buggy.

A buggy is a cart/basket at the grocery store.

Example: Who wants to push the buggy?

26. Quit Crying Or I Will Give You Something To Cry About.

This phrase simply means to quit crying and if you didn't then more than likely you got a spanking,

27. Where You Raised In A Barn?

If you are from the South, you have probably been asked this more than once, especially when you left a door open.

28. Close The Door. You Are Letting All The Good Air Out.

This southern heat is nothing to play with. It simply means to keep the door closed so the air (or heat if its winter) stays inside.

29. You Are Going To Make Me Lose My Religion.

When you say this phrase to someone, it more than likely means that person has done something to irritate you or made you mad. Thank goodness Jesus saves.

Example: You are going to make me lose my religion.

30. You Look Like A Chicken With Your Head Cut Off.

This is said when you are running around like a crazy person. It can be said if you are looking for something that you are searching for or if you are just really busy.

31. Y'all.

The southern way to say "you all".

32. You Can't Carry A Tune In A Bucket.

If you've ever been told this, it means that you can't sing.

33. Have Their Feathers Ruffled.

You normally have your "feathers ruffled" when you are pouting.

34. Two Peas In A Pod.

When you and someone else are "two peas in a pod", it means that either you almost always together or that you two are almost identical in the way you think and do things.

35. Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit.

This saying can be used when you are surprised or excited.

36. Don't Let The Door Hit Ya Where The Good Lord Split Ya.

When someone say this they typically mean to get out and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

37. You're As Good As Gold.

When you are "as good as gold", it means that you are well-behaved and obedient.

38. It's Raining Cats And Dogs Out There.

This simply means that the rain is really coming down hard. It's not actually raining cats and dogs, people.

39. I'm Full As A Tick.

This phrase means that you ate too much food.

40. I'm Sweating More Than A Sinner In Church.

When someone says this, it means that they are really hot and sweating A LOT.

41. Pot Calling The Kettle Black.

This phrase is used when one person is guilty of the very same thing of which they accuse another person.

42. There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat.

It means that there is anyways more than one way to fix something.

43. Shut Yo' Mouth.

Means to be quiet or hush up.

44. Whatever Floats Your Boat.

This saying means to do whatever you want to do.

45. Slap Yo' Momma.

This phrase means that something is good.

Example: This BBQ is slap yo' momma good.

46. She's Like A Bull In A China Shop.

When you tell someone this phrase, you are telling them that they are clumsy or careless in the way that they move.

47. Cuttin' A Rug.

Cuttin' a rug is used to describe dancing.

Example: Let's go cut a rug tonight.

48. Clicker.

A clicker is another name for a TV remote.

49. Slow Your Roll.

This also means to be patient.

50. You're A Hot Mess.

When you tell someone that they are a "hot mess", you are simply telling them that they don't have it together.

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Read Before You Tweet, 4 Keys To Understanding Venezuela's Crisis

In Venezuela, the democracy is a myth, and a fairy tale.

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These days (and the last years) you have read about Venezuela on the news. President Trump and Nancy Pelosi talk about this country and even Will in "Will & Grace" showed worry about Venezuela's crisis. The breaking news in January is Venezuela has two presidents and the US government is supporting the new president. I know you ask yourself: Why? How? What?

This article will not give the last update because Venezuela's situation can change in an hour. Each day is crazy and many events can happen. It is more a timeless article. What I want is to give you a little guide about the Venezuela crisis because I've read too many wrong opinions from people who do not know anything about Venezuela and the tragedy they are living.

Just to let you know; I grew up in Venezuela. I've lived the crisis; actually, I've suffered the crisis.


1. Nicolas Maduro is a dictator.

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You can read that Nicolas Maduro is the real president of Venezuela because he won two elections, but it is not true. In Venezuela, the principal electoral institution is surrogated by Maduro. Then, they cheat in any election. They changed numbers, make dead people vote, cause many people to vote many times and more tricks.

Every time Venezuelans have protested against Maduro's government he murdered hundreds of people and sent to jail thousands. In Venezuela, the democracy is a myth, a fairy tale.

2. People are happy with Juan Guaidó.

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I want to explain why they have two presidents. Juan Guaidó is the president of the Congress. Guaidó followed what the Constitution said about an illegal president, Nicolas Maduro, and Guaidó assumed the control of Executive Power. His idea is to restore democracy in Venezuela and go to elections soon.

Even though Guaidó has not been elected as President, people in Venezuela support him. You only need to check the pictures of his meetings on the street. Each square is full of thousands of Venezuelans listening to Guaidó.

3. Venezuelans are happy with the US help.

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I don't care if you support President Trump or you do not like him. In each case, you must read, and read a lot before you can have an opinion. Only because President Trump supports a new Venezuela government, it does not mean it is a bad thing.

I like this simile: if you see your neighbors hurting their kids, you will call the police; won't you? Even though it is not your house, you want to help those kids. Here is the same. Maduro has all the power and the only way Venezuelans can fight with him is with foreigner help.

Because the US supports Guaidó, many other countries have helped him. United Nations had some sessions only to speak about Venezuela. Even better, The US government will start paying for Venezuela's oil to Guaidó instead of Maduro; finally, Venezuelans will see their money. If you are worried about interventionism, please check to what Cuba, Russia and China are doing with Venezuela.

4. People in Venezuela are dying.

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Venezuelans dying every day because they are starving, because there is no food, medications, doctors or money. They die because criminals walk with impunity; only in 2018, over 26,000 Venezuelans were murdered. Any war in this world makes this amount of death. Each day, hundreds of people choose to walk thousands of miles because they want to escape from this nightmare.

If you don't believe me, you always can go to Venezuela and stay a month. You will live without electrical power, water, food or medications. Venezuelans are literarily starving.

I repeat you don't need to trust me. I only ask you to read. This crisis started two decades ago and many of us want to end it. If you're going to start your lectures, here is my first suggestion.

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