41. A Foreign Accent

41. A Foreign Accent



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Ying moved to the U.S. when she was 15 years old. She was born in China, and had a Chinese accent when she spoke. She didn't like her accent, because it made her sound funny, and people sometimes couldn't understand what she said. Ying also knew that people made fun of her accent.

Ying's history teacher made everyone go up in front of the class and recite a part of the Constitution of the United States. Ying didn't want to do it. She asked her teacher if she could record herself and send it to him. The teacher said no because that would be unfair to everyone else. Ying then said that it was unfair that everyone had an American accent. The teacher told her to take classes to get rid of her Chinese accent.

Ying took her history teacher's advice and took a class on getting rid of the foreign accent. The class was filled with people like Ying. The teacher had Ying and the other students pronounce things. After a week, Ying didn't see an improvement. She decided to stop going to class and start loving her accent. She shouldn't have to change herself. People should like her the way she is.



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