Assignment: The Way You Speak

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 03:25 PM

Tomorrow, we'll talk to Robert Lane Greene, who wrote a book about the way we speak and what that says about our identities. We want to hear about your experiences. Tell us about a time when the way you speak has gotten in the way for you? You can use our iPhone app to record your answer or you can just respond here.

We’ll play a selection on the air and post them online. If you can snap a photo as well, all the better.

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Denice from Brooklyn, NY

As a young black woman being raised by my white mother in Denver, Colorado I was made fun of in school for years for "sounding white". I have my mother's tone and cadence and I didn't fit into the box of what a black girl should sound like. It took me a long time to really own my identity and embrace where I fit into the African-American community. It's also a big part of why I choose to live in New York. After feeling ostracized and different as a kid, I love the relative anonymity of living in a city where it difference is the norm.

Mar. 23 2011 06:20 PM
brunarch from Lincoln, RI

When I moved from New England to the Deep South, I found that the was I spoke seemed crass and borderline impolite to most southerners. I didn't curse (or cuss, as they say in the South) but the language of politeness is so much more elevated in the South than in the North (for example, every answer "yes" or "no" to a question should ALWAYS be followed by "sir" or "ma'am" south of the Mason-Dixon line). Luckily, it didn't prevent me from gettin a teaching job, but it made it difficult for all members of my family to establish social ties until we caught on to the niceties of talking Southern.

Mar. 22 2011 09:54 PM

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