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  • #596129
    whocares
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    Do you find yourself talking “broken English” when you speak to your goyta or baby sitter that doesn’t speak English well?

    If yes, do you really think that they understand you better when you speak English like them?

    #756401
    adorable
    Participant

    I find that when I talk to Chassidish men

    #756402
    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    Yes.

    Yes. As long as you are mimicking the mistakes they make.

    #756403

    lol its really funny…i have a lot of south america family and when they come my sister speaks to them as if their babies as if theyll understand better….its funny.

    #756404
    deiyezooger
    Member

    Why when people talk to a chasid they talk with a chasidishah havarah and to a litvak with a litvish havarah? Do they understand better that way? No, but thats the nature of people.

    #756405
    cshapiro
    Member

    adorable…lol :))

    #756406
    Shticky Guy
    Participant

    Wasnt there a lot of broken english after the american war of independence?

    #756407
    yossi z.
    Member

    Shticky: weren’t there not wasn’t. .. Wait we talk american right?

    😀 Zuberman! 😀

    #756408
    Papa Bear
    Member

    I speak broken english to them my husband can’t stand it.

    Also here is a way they can understand you. I never tried it yet but someone told me u can go to the Spanish dictionary and make a list for the goyto all in spanish and she does a great job

    #756410
    cshapiro
    Member

    ummm its called google translate….we hung a sign on our office door so that the cleaning lady wouldnt touch anything on our desk because she makes veeeery neat piles but then we cant find anything!!!!

    #756411
    Papa Bear
    Member

    Oh right

    #756412
    mytake
    Member

    deiyezooger

    I never heard that before…you really switch havaras according to whom you’re speaking to? But then it’s confusing cuz the litvak is talking like a chassid and the chassid like a litvak—-?!?

    BTW-why do people automatically talk ten tones louder when they’re speaking to some1 who’s not fluent in English? Like, “WHEEEEEEEEERE ARE YOOOOUU FROOOOOOMM???????” isn’t any easier to understand than “Where are you from?”!!!

    #756413
    AinOhdMilvado
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    Why do adults talk baby talk to little ones?

    How are they ever going to learn to speak correctly if they don’t hear correct speech from adults?

    Of course I realize the little kids may not be able to say things correctly at THEIR age, but at least they should HEAR the correct thing so that eventually they can.

    Case in point…

    Stop saying “Yitzele, do you want your baba?”

    I’d love to hear Yitzele come back with “What’s a ‘baba’? I want my BOTTLE!”

    #756414

    Why do adults talk baby talk to little ones?

    How are they ever going to learn to speak correctly if they don’t hear correct speech from adults?

    how indeed?

    i know SO many adults who still speak baby talk because adults spoke baby talk to them. this is a problem which has reached epidemic proportions.

    and how will babies learn to be mature adults if we keep treating them like babies?

    this is even a worse problem.

    #756415
    SJSinNYC
    Member

    I don’t own a goyta or a babysitter.

    #756416
    walton157
    Member

    Can’t the term cleaning lady be used instead of “goyta”? This is such a deragatory word to use. We should know better than to use such a horrible word. Don’t think that when you use this word in front of the “goyta” you are talking about she doesn’t understand. Trust me, she does.

    #756417

    Cute one, never thought of it!

    #756418
    ronrsr
    Member

    Famous interview with Dizzy Dean, oddly loquacious baseball player from the 30’s and 40’s, noted for his lack of mastery of spoken English:

    Mr. Dean, don’t you know the King’s English?

    Sure, I do. And so’s the Queen.

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