[Noisebridge-discuss] Accent Workshop Class for Non-native Speakers
dis at gruntle.org
Wed Jan 15 16:57:30 UTC 2014
Also this isn't to say that I am personally against this, just that we need
to keep in mind these viewpoints from cultures other than ours so that we
don't unintentionally blunder into a huge racial incident with the
community that surrounds Noisebridge, or traditionally oppressed cultures
within San Francisco.
On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 8:55 AM, hep <dis at gruntle.org> wrote:
> Actually you can lose abilities with your native language, especially if
> language retraining takes place at a young age. I grew up a native spanish
> speaker, and was forced into "speech classes" for more than 5 years to lose
> my native accent. To this day I can no longer speak spanish with as much
> physical fluidity as before I lost my accent, and because of the fact that
> letters are pronounced different from english to spanish, i often now have
> to think about how to speak spanish so i don't end up mispronouncing words.
> Particularly in hispanic communities, accent erasure is considered to be
> colonial and yet another form of white dominance in america to do with the
> racialization of language (despite the fact that many hispanic and latino
> people have been here since this WAS mexico). I cannot speak for other
> cultures, but I know that in many latino and hispanic cultures accent
> erasure is now frowned upon as disconnecting more of the threads to one's
> native culture in favor of the white american dominant culture
> (particularly those hispanics like myself who are many generations
> american, going back to the 1700s.) and there is a movement to stop the
> practice of having latino native spanish speakers work on reducing or
> losing their accent.
> This is something to keep in mind especially with the current situation
> re: gentrifying natives out of the mission, and the current hostility to
> hispanic immigrants in this country. This is also part of the current
> identity and racism in tech issue that is going on in the Valley,
> particularly relating to Paul Graham's xenophobic comments about CEOs with
> This is something we all need to think about, especially in this day of
> interconnected internet gossip and communities organizing online against
> things they feel threatens their culture. It would suck to show up on
> Valleywag as "NOISEBRIDGE TELLS FOREIGN SPEAKERS TO LEARN ENGLISH" and
> considering the climate of the valley and the mission at this time that is
> certainly something that could happen.
> On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 7:57 AM, C. Honnet <cedric at honnet.eu> wrote:
>> Haha, we can't lose it most of the time so no problem for that (at least
>> I know I'm stuck with mine) but it's sometimes really tiring to not even be
>> understood because of our pronunciation...
>> ...and it's good to be able to hide it in hostile environments, this
>> workshop can save lives!
>> lol ;p
>> On Jan 15, 2014 9:51 AM, "Gregory Dillon" <gregorydillon at gmail.com>
>>> Understanding has to be important, but I just want to chime in that I
>>> like hearing foreign speaker's accents.
>>> On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 7:22 AM, C. Honnet <cedric at honnet.eu> wrote:
>>>> You rock.
>>>> This is a really excellent idea!!!
>>>> Thanks a lot ;)
>>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>>> From: Artur Moczulski <artur.moczulski at gmail.com>
>>>> To: NoiseBridge Discuss <noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net>
>>>> Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:07:47 -0800
>>>> Subject: [Noisebridge-discuss] Accent Workshop Class for Non-native
>>>> Hey Noisbridge Members,
>>>> I would like to organize an accent and pronunciation workshop for
>>>> non-native speakers at Noisebridge. I am aiming for a 2 hour slot on
>>>> Saturday at noon. I would like to use one of the classrooms for this.
>>>> I would like to promote the workshop by various "social" websites
>>>> including meetup.com and any other way that will help me build the
>>>> core group.
>>>> Is there anything I should know about organizing events at Noisebridge,
>>>> outside of what is included here:
>>>> https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Hosting_an_Event ? Do you have any
>>>> tips on how to book the classroom for this?
>>>> Best regards,
>>>> Artur Moczulski
>>>> "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
>>>> +1 (563) 321 - 3382
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>>>> Noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net
>>> Let's stay in touch. Greg
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