Yalitza Garcia

  • Before reading the research paper to my aunt she told me was was happy and I asked her to be a part of this project because no-one else had asked for her to share her story, or seemed interested. She hadn’t […]

    • I can’t describe how I’m feeling reading your paper, Yalitza. What you have written here is everything I had hoped you would take away from the project, and I’m so happy to see that this project gave you that opportunity to understand, see, and listen to your aunt and her story in a different way. I was reminded me of myself as well as my mother’s struggle while adjusting to the life here in the U.S., and how even I myself wouldn’t call me as bilingual. Exactly like you said, only after I realized it is our society–more specifically, the monolingual ideology–that makes us feel that way, have I started changing the way I understand myself. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn about your aunt, her story, and your own as well. I’m privileged to know you and her story.

  • My experience with writing my literacy narrative has been very rewarding. It made me think of relationships with language, education, and culture which I haven’t realized before. It reminded me of precious m […]

  • I have always heard the phrase “talking white” specially when getting prepared for any interview; school or work. This is a stereotype I, along with many of my cultural/socioeconomic background have been made to […]

    • Yalitza, I feel the same way!! But let me tell you something .It is hard for you, who were born in this country and have been exposed all your life to English in any variation standard or African-American English, but for many people is double hard because like me an immigrant, English is my second language; therefore, the way I sound not only others judge but myself, too. Most of the time I feel insecure of the way i speak. so, it does not matter if talking white is not your thing , because as you wisely said, it does not outweigh your educational achievements and how smart you are.

  • Yalitza Garcia commented on the page, on the site cezhang 1 year ago

    I agree with you that vocabulary is important because it helps the reader relate to the author. I like your idea that the main idea moves the story along which makes it easy to follow. Thank you for sharing, good job!!

  • Yalitza Garcia commented on the page, on the site jrobengl110 1 year ago

    I agree with your point on writing structures; diverse styles can attract the audience when done correctly. Writing styles say a lot about the writer and it’s interesting to see how everyone has different approaches. I also agree with your point on focusing on who the intended audience is because you want to make your piece as relatable as possible.

  • I believe a good story is composed of persona, style, and overall truth. Each writer has their own voice and it’s important for me to hear it through their work. It can be boring and monotone when r […]

    • I really like all the details you used to described “What Makes a Good Story.” I empathize with Aja Martinez as well. Overall you did a great job.

    • Isn’t her story such a great one? Although I don’t speak Spanish, her story really touched my heart. And with that, I felt like I was able to better understand what my husband and in-laws went through as they grew up in West Texas, somewhat similar situations like Martinez’s childhood. That’s what a good story does to people–so real, so personal, yet reaching to a bigger audience.

  • As a student, I’ve been led to believe that standard English is the only correct way to speak and write. It’s important to be concise and “proper” in order for your work to be valid and your audience to underst […]

    • Yes, this is THE point that McCulloch was trying to get at. And about Cardi B, SO ON POINT! Ugh, I just wish I had read this post earlier so I would have asked you to share this point with the class!

  • Martinez’s purpose was to wholeheartedly depict the devastation she felt when her academic skills were criticized unjustly. She wanted her audience to understand the hardships and self-doubt she had internalized t […]

    • Your reading of Martínez and reflection on your own experience made me think about the term, minority. We often use that term to identify people who are really minoritized systematically, although like you said, the way we feel whether we are minority or not really depends on the context. In other words, it seems like you are trying to communicate that we become minority in certain situations and contexts? And what role does language play here then?

  • “Mother Tongue” is about Amy Tan’s struggle to relate and empathize with her mother’s “broken” English. Since a young girl, the author had been exposed to the poor treatment her mother received for her English spe […]

    • Your statement of “being able to communicate in a new language needs to be applauded not dismissed,” is very empowering. This was highly enlightening as I had not thought to encourage others of their choice to strengthen a certain language and to appreciate their stages of learning a new language. It definitely is discouraging to find those who are above me in a certain language, and exists a sense of shame. Not only does acting superior make one feel shameful of not having ascertained a certain level of proficiency in a language, but I also find false humility to create a culture of sub-conscious shame, a shame not easily recognized or noticed which demotivates me to progress further in those specific languages. Thank you for your perspective.

    • It is a great thing to be able to understand the emotions the author has in your life experiences. Often times and not just in the U.S might I add, people struggling to speak the common language of said country, are seen as those with limited thinking and lack emotional responses. As a society, I truly believe we need to be willing to take the time to understand how we each feel regardless of background an language. I never had this experience growing up since I started elementary school here however, my assimilation process drove me further from where I came from

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