What do you do when people criticize your English? Not in a good, loving way, but in a demeaning and patronizing way?
When I get negative comments and criticism (and I do, a lot) I usually don’t respond. But there was something about a comment I received on YouTube recently that triggered me, so I decided to respond in a video.
I wanted to do that so you’ll see that I, too, receive negative feedback, and I don’t let it get to me – and neither should you.
But also, I wanted to show you what Native Speakerism is – the assumption that a select group of people (or teachers) with a certain linguistic background is superior to other groups who don’t share the same background. I think it’s important that we identify it when we see it – as it takes on many forms – and call people out on it.
If you feel like sharing a negative comment you received – write it in the comments, and add your response after watching this video!
More episodes about native speakerism:
Equality in English | The Live English Show
A conversation About Culture, Identity and Language | The Live English Show
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