To Mock or not to Mock:
To Mock or not to mock? The answer would be nothing less than a simple don’t. Mocking can ruin someone's confidence and drastically affect them especially if they have a hard time speaking for whatever circumstance. Whether they are speaking a second language or simply have problems with stuttering or any other linguistic problems, speaking from experience when I was more self-conscious it was hard enough without any jerk mentioning it. However, every now and then I still get a hard time for my accent even if I may have a better vocabulary and overall English knowledge than whoever that brings it up. However, after a couple of years, as I've become better at English, I've stopped listening to anyone who tries to mock me as similar to Safwat Saleem, an artistic, independent animator, from Pakistan, have learned to overcome those who bring up our problem.
Don’t try to be normal and change instead be yourself and ignore the rest, is the theme for Safwat Saleem’s Ted Talk (2016), “Why I keep speaking up, even when people mock my accent.” By elaborately using Pathos and imagery, Saleem (2016) used his personal experience as a strong stand for his argument by placing the audience on his shoes by adding high detail and imagery. Growing up as a kid, Saleem (2016) had a hard time because of his stutter, this even limited his education and socialization, “I've stuttered for as long as I can remember. I was the kid in class who would never raise his hand when he had a question -- or knew the answer,” as time went by he started to spend more time in the bathroom because of his fear and insecurity of his stutter, “Every time the phone rang, I would run to the bathroom so I would not have to answer...
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...or anyone affect you and bring you down. One should not be ashamed of how they speak but rather embrace it. However, I do add one major point which is that you should not let someone affect you by mocking your accent since you don't only know one language but multiple ones so if you have an accent it's not bad but rather good for being able to know a whole new language and be able to fluently speak, rather than speaking your first language only and not being able to communicate with people from other places. This is a strong point that I wish Saleem (2016) would have brought but away from that I strongly support his argument.
Saleem, Safwat (Speaker). (2016, February). Why I keep speaking up, even when people mock my accent. Ted Talks. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/safwat_saleem_why_i_keep_speaking_up_even_when_people_mock_my_accent#t-22775