Different Types of English
I have many different ways I speak. All of them are English but not exactly the same type. For example I talk the way I talk with my mother but then a different more proper or academic type of English with larger SAT words and such. Then there’s the way you talk to strangers and then your friends and also not forgetting that special someone.
I personally have never had one but I know that you do develop a certain way to talk to someone when you’re on that intimate of a level with them. These different Englishes have a specific time and a specific place they are spoken. But what happens when you speak a different English in the wrong place?
I took that question and did an experiment that consisted of me tweeting for a couple days in a more proper way. I usually use texting language and many shortened versions of words. But this week I tweeted in an academic way and got a funny sort of reaction from my sister.
When I was talking to my sister in FaceTime the other day she asked me, while in a conversation about our social medias, about the new way I was talking. I told her it was an experiment for English class but she called it weird none the less and actually told me to stop. Whenever I use more mentally stimulating words and phrases she gets kind of mad at me actually. I told I would stop at the end of the week because that’s when I would be reporting back on the experience and the reactions of those who follow me.
I felt this was a very interesting assignment because of what my sister said to me. I never thought that she would actually bring it up in conversation but she did and that made this interaction on the more intriguing. I have concluded from this assignment that there are very specific social constructs around how you talk with certain people. If I were to talk to my grandmother the way i talk to my best friend I would probably get scolded about “improper” grammar and things of that nature. I will most likely now be very careful about when I code switch and make sure it’s the right one.