Broken English

Posted Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Like many others, my grandparents came to this country from Europe.

They did not know the language well, but learned it as did their children and grandchildren. None of us gave up our pride in our grandparents’ cultural heritage.

My grandparents, as many who came to the U.S. in the early 20th Century, understood that part of being American was speaking and reading American English.

Today we fully identify ourselves as Americans first and proficiency in American English is an integral part of that identity.

Perhaps a better approach would have been for the America the Beautiful Super Bowl commercial to play the voices of the various ethnic groups singing America the Beautiful in their own broken English and accents.

This would have been a compelling and moving expression of immigrants who are both ethnically diverse, yet proudly embracing America.

— Frank Roso, Arlington

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