Difference Between Spanish And English Language

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Spanish and English may both be widely spoken languages, however English is becoming more and more prevalent as a second language. For this project I interviewed an acquaintance who speaks Spanish as a first language and English as a second language. Spanish and English are similar in aspects such as grammar (in that they are both SVO—subject, verb, object—languages) and vocabulary (since both were influenced by Latin) (Shoebottom n.d.), however they are also quite different, especially in their phonology. These differences are what made learning it as a second language a little more difficult for this interviewee. Of these differences, the interviewee stated that one of the most challenging parts about learning English was the gender differentiation…show more content…
We discussed the results of the interview, any information we had known about the two languages before the interview, and any information that we learned because of the interview. I had previous knowledge of the linguistic aspects of English (and some Spanish) because I am in multiple linguistics classes. My friend had previous knowledge of Spanish because she has taken five or more years of Spanish in school. We were both very interested in the cultural and social situations where the interviewee used language. For instance, the attached questionnaire asks which language the interviewee prefers to speak, Spanish or English (question number nine). She replied that she prefers using Spanish in settings where she can be easily understood and where everyone else also speaks Spanish (at home, for instance). However, socially she said she prefers to use English simply because it is the cultural norm. All the kids at school speak English around her so it is easier for her to follow that norm and also speak…show more content…
Coming from a very small town and not being very active in the diverse community on the SIUC campus, this project was challenging because I do not personally know anyone who speaks English as a second language. Once I was able to find a person to interview, it was difficult to get things started. I am very thankful that she agreed to speak with me for this project. However, the lack of language diversity in people who I know well limited my interview to questions that did not get too personal and it did not allow the interviewee to delve too deeply into their details. Since we are only acquaintances (not friends, family, etc.) it was more difficult to find the important connection to make this project as rounded as it could have

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