Gloria Anzaldua, How to Tame a Wild Tongue

Language cannot be separated from the culture as an independent aspect. Any language is a culture itself and there is no language in the world which does not express the heart and spirit of people who speak this language. Gloria Anzaldua is famous for her books written in an amusing blend of English and all possible Spanish dialects; she wrote about the numerous layers that could be found when studying thoroughly any language, and she also used Spanglish as it is impossible to stop the assimilation of the cultures and languages. She also argues that there is a linguistic terrorism makes her language constantly change. I totally agree with her and firmly believe that this mimicry is not positive assimilation but a gradual wiping off the limits holding connection between people and their history, traditions and roots.

It seems to me, people have stopped appreciating the non-material values, such as language, history. This issue is widely discussed but does not seem to be altered though. I think we start losing our genuine culture because of unwilling to read classical literature or have any particular interest in the way the language is built. When reading Anzaldua I thought about how stubborn she was in her intention to sharpen everything she did. I admired her skill to listen and to her, she taught me to be attentive to what people actually say. I felt deeply sorry about "linguistic terrorism" happening with Chicano language and I hope for better.

To come to a conclusion I must say that world loses all its interior borderlines too fast; and it happens quite often that people cannot resist the temptation to become equal to somebody as this is the easiest way. Trying hard to save and reinforce language that is not as powerful as, for instance, English is quite challenging but possible. And after having read Gloria Anzaldua's writing I realize now that careful attitude to language means careful attitude to myself.

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