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  1. Sep 2021
    1. Another common assumption among students is that one is either good at grammar or not good at grammar, and that such is one’s immutable fate. Not true. Once you master a particular rule or practice, it becomes second nature, and then you can focus your attention on mastering another. I finally nailed down commas and semicolons in college and some finer points of grammar in graduate school.

      This as well. I find it harder for me now being in college, to try and distance myself from just thinking grammar is top to making a piece stand out and for it to have substance

    2. Many students assume—or fear—that college writing is judged primarily on its gram-matical correctness. Ideas, evidence, and arguments matter more than the mechanics of grammar and punctuation; however, many of the rules of formal writing exist to promote clarity and precision which writers much achieve in order to effectively convey ideas, evi-dence, and arguments.

      Yes! I get fearful of not knowing other words for words I find simplified, I grew up learning that your grammar is mostly important than anything in your writings, as long as your grammar and correct punctuations are good then the writing is going to flow properly.

    3. Those opening words—so common in student papers—represent the most prevalent misconception about introductions: that they shouldn’t really say anything substantive.

      I often think I struggle with my opening words. Like I went looking back at my screenplay & I felt like the intro to the scene was lacking something & I went straight in without gradually letting it build up. It lacked a bit of substance in a way of, if i were to film it.. it'll look weird.

    4. Both versions convey a topic; it’s pretty easy to predict that the paragraph will be about epidemiological evidence, but only the second version establishes an argumentative point and puts it in context. The paragraph doesn’t just describe the epidemiological evidence; it shows how epidemiology is telling the same story as etiology.

      What I'm getting from this is, being more descriptive & somewhat adding the argument or apposing the counter side is more better for writing when it comes to content like this. I would do this type of writing in my research paper for my public speaking class. Its like giving a little taste of what you're about to talk about without going into it until its the time for that.

    5. Many novice writers tend to make a sharp distinction between content and style, thinking that a paper can be strong in one and weak in the other, but focusing on organization shows how content and style converge in deliberative academic writing.

      I used to just straight up write my thoughts and whatever I needed to write when it came to my writing assignments, screen plays, or anything I was writing at the time. I never thought of " content" when it came to writing. When I think of content I'm thinking the actually thing you're writing.

    1. By the end of this century, Spanish speakers will comprise the biggest minority group in the U.S., a country where students in high schools and colleges are encouraged to take French classes because French is considered more "cultured." But for a language to remain alive it must be used· By the end of this century English, and not Spanish, will be the mother tongue of most Chi-canos and Latinos. So, if you want to really hurt me, talk badly about my language. Ethnic identity is twin skin to linguistic identity - I am my lan-guage. Until I can take pride in my language, I cannot take pride in myself. Until I can accept as legitimate Chicano Texas Spanish, Tex-Mex, and all the other languages I speak, I cannot acceplthe legitimacy of myself. Until I am free to write bilingually and to

      This is what I explained to my old spanish teach back in high school. I find it odd that people especially minorities are being pushed to speak european languages because they seemed " more accepting & of higher class" Especially if you're around spanish speaking folks. I think learning spanish can benefit alot of people.

    2. s who can speak it, I've lost most of the Pachu co tongue. CHICANO SPANISH Chicanos, after 250 years of Spanish/Anglo colonization, have developed Significant differences in the Spanish we speak. We col-lapse two adjacent vowels into a single syIJable and sometimes shift the stress in certain words such as ma(vmaiz, cohele/cuele . We leave out certain consonants when they appear between vow-els: lado/lao, mojado/mojao. Chicanos from South Texas pro-nounce (as j as in jue ((ue). Chicanos use "archaisms," words that are no longer in the Spanish language, words that have been evolved out. We say semos, Iruje , haiga, ansina, and naiden . We retain the "archaic" j, as in jalar, that derives from an earlier h, (the French halar or the Germank halon which was lost to stan-dard Spanish in the 16th century), but which is still found in sev-eral regional dialects such as the one spoken in South Texas. (Due to geography, Chicanos fTom the Valley of South Texas were cut off linguistically from other Spanish speakers. We tend to use words that the Spaniards brought over from Medieval Spain. The majority of the Spanish colonizers in Mexico and the Southwest

      What I'm getting from this paragraph is after the latin people were colonized, they've had to adjust their native spanish to more complexed " westernized / white washed " adapted spanish. Which is odd to them because they're used to speaking their way and having to change it is weird.

    3. The first time I heard two women, a Puerto Rkan and a Cuban, say the word "nosotra s," I was shocked. I had not known the word existed. Chicanas use noso tros whether we're male or female. We are robbed of our female being by the masculine plural. Language is a male discourse. And o ur tongues have become dry the wilderness has

      I found this very interesting when she said " We are robbed of our female being by the masculine plural. Language is a male discourse" I thought about my previous project for my other class where they were discussing "spotlighting". Term used for saying ( ex: Firemen instead of fire fighter for both male & female firefighters.) That's what came to mind.

    4. going to have to control your tongue," the dentist says, pulling out all the metal from my mouth. Silver bits plop and tinkle into the basin. My mouth is a motherlode.· The dentist is cleaning out my roots. I get a whiff of the stench when I gasp. "I can't cap that tooth yet, you're still draining," he says. "We're going to have to do some-thing about your tongue," I hear the anger rising in his voice. My tongue keeps pushing out the wads of cotton, pushing back the drills, the long thin needles. 'Tve never seen anything as strong or as stubborn," he says. And I think, how do you tame a wild tongue,

      I felt that the controlling the tongue was used as an analogy. I took it as the phrase I heard growing up " watch your tongue, or watch what comes out of your mouth". Meaning you should think before you talk cause your words can offend or cause harm to yourself or others. Also whatever you say can manifest into reality.

    5. " We're going to have to control your tongue" I felt like that was an analogy. I took it as "you should watch what come's out of your mouth because words can hurt someone." Kind of like the saying when people say " watch your tongue"