I am raising my daughter to speak three languages. A stranger demanded I ‘speak English’ to her

Posted On Jul 07, 2018


I am raising my daughter to speak three languages. A stranger demanded I ‘speak English’ to her

“Then she asked how well my daughter could know any of her languages—to which I replied, smiling, ‘You would be surprised.’ That evening, with a mix of emotions, I described the encounter on Twitter. What came next stunned me. Within hours my first tweet went viral. It was retweeted nearly 80,000 times, ultimately reaching millions. Thousands of people across the world chimed in with their views on language, on America, on identity and culture.”

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A woman at the park commanded me to speak English to my daughter. “You’re confusing the poor girl.” Little did she know my child is trilingual and also learning a fourth language.