This article is mainly about Spanglish – a language which is a combination of Spanish and English. Kate Magelsdorf is a professor at UTEP who studies the frequency of using Spanglish in student’s community as their daily language. She demonstrates the influence of linguistic containment which separates writing student into classes according to which language they speak as well as the student’s perspective on the idea of standard English. The linguistic containment has led to a consequence which is that people are trying to assign rules for a language and follow them instead of realizing the complication of a language. English is now considered as the most common language all over the world, so that it is not an exception for Spanish people.
Most of Spanish speakers consider English as a standard language and really focus on a bunch of rules of grammars to make sure that nothing is wrong. The professor found out that students living near the border react in many different ways about speaking Spanglish. Some of them consider it as a unique personality while others think that they should have focused on and become fluent in one language instead of trying to know many languages but couldn’t speak any of them fluently. Magelsdorf starts carrying out assignments to experience Spanglish as well as having her students to write assignments for her class in Spanglish.
She wants her students to feel comfortable to use their own language instead of following a standard one, via this, she has chance to learn Spanglish as a new language, too. She realizes that depending on the area that students were born and exposed, they tend to speak Spanglish quite often since they grew up with and familiar with it. However, in the end, Magelsdorf supposes that Spanglish is a spoken language and it would be tough for people to write. She believes that people should stop creating and assuming standards in language and we should learn how to accept Spanglish as its own language.