Why and When We Speak Spanish In Public Response

The essay I read this week was Why and When We Speak Spanish in Public, by Myriam Marquez. I really enjoyed reading this essay. The essay was pretty straight forward and was easy to read. The essay explained how Marquez is from a Spanish background that lives in America. Sometimes In public her family speaks Spanish instead of English to other Spanish speaking individuals. Marquez finds it acceptable that people in America do not just have to speak English.

In the Essay Marquez stated that sometimes in public when she`s shopping with her family she usually speaks Spanish. She says that some individuals in America may consider this rude because they’re not speaking English and probably think that their talking about others because they are speaking Spanish. But she says that is not the reason why her family speaks Spanish in public.

Marquez explains that just because she lives in America does not mean her native language is English. She explains that her family any other non-native English speaker should have the right to speak their own language. This shows their background and how most people still have pride in their culture so they speak their native language sometimes in the public of the United States of America. Also she emphasis that she still respects the English speaking language by always introducing her parents to acquaintances that do not speak Spanish in English.

I think that Marquez or any non-English native have the right to speak their language in America. She made valid reasons why and plus we live in a country of freedom of speech.




Marquez, Myriam. “Why and When We Speak Spanish in Public” Models for Writers, 11th ed. Ed. Alfred Rosa and Paul Eschholz. New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2012. 531-533. Print


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