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Lost in Translation

by | Aug 23, 2019

Journal » Lost in Translation

" He had met Laura in Calgary. At first he had found her reserved and introverted. Gradually, she opened up as she gained more and more trust in him. But she kept her conversation with others to the barest minimum. Eventually, the penny dropped. He began to understand her reticence towards speaking to others.

Although born to East Indians, he was raised in England by an English family since he was five. In Canada, his natural English accent gave him a sense of superiority.

It was only now, in observing his wife among her own peers talking in her native tongue of Tagalog, did he realize how difficult it would be living in, say, Canada, speaking in faltering English and being judged by your faulty accent. To many of these immigrants, including Laura, who was a perfectionist, the shame stilled their tongues. They said as little as possible to avoid the embarrassment. "

- Extract from Heart of New York.

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