Workshop on Hip Hop and Language- Reflection
Rap does not get the respect it deserves, many people are quick to judge before putting an effort to understand it. I really enjoyed learning about hip hop influencing us in different ways, we don’t have to embrace it to make a better sense of it. The class was divided in half have with different thoughts of the new era of hip hop. Many classmates believe most of the new songs have no meaning, after listening to the Nipsey Hussle clip I realized a lot of these songs are very empowering and captivating. We learned that Hip Hop is an art form full of emotions. Other artists in different genres speak about similar cases like addiction, sex, etc but get no backlash from society. Like Shakespeare Rap is tough to understand so many people won’t try to read or listen again. Rap is relevant to its culture. There are differences people have when speaking, many have insecurities to speak their truth but we should always remember that there is nothing wrong with our language and should always express ourselves. Learning to adjust to things we are not related to can be difficult but we have to start now.
Knowing more than one language has helped me break barriers in life, it has allowed me to engulf into different cultures. Growing up knowing two languages has been very beneficial. Having parents that only spoke one language at home and learning a different language in school allowed me to take part in two different heritages. Our linguistic practices at home consisted of trying to speak Spanglish more often once we started taking bilingual classes in school. Learning different languages at a young age affected the way I communicated with others, many said they could not understand me in Spanish while others said I spoke broken Spanish (whatever that means). Being bilingual made me a stronger contestant when it came to defending myself, whether it was for job interviews or when it came to translating for someone that needed help. My bilingualism has helped me achieve many goals professionally when it comes to networking and my personal life as well. Everyone has a different point of view when it comes to dialects, at home I speak Spanglish with my family. As discussed in the classroom, the U.S does not have an official language, from my experience many foreign people think English is the main language because the majority of people speak it. When it comes to school and work, I speak English to communicate better with my fellow co-workers. Majority of my family has a slight accent, when it comes to speaking English, I’ve learned how to rotate my social and professional accent when needed. Living in the U.S you encounter people from many different backgrounds, so it would be beneficial to know more than one lang