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Kera T.
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Spanish
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Question:

Is there a "right" or "proper" Spanish?

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Answer:

No. Just like English, there are several different types of dialects and accents that change not only certain phrases or words, but also crucial pronunciation. The same goes for Spanish. These dialects heavily influence culture and the way people live their day to day lives. With this in mind, it is important to learn about all different dialects so that a student is prepared for an encounter with one of the hundreds of millions of Spanish speakers in this world.

Literature
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Question:

How does John Steinbeck's famous work, "East of Eden," challenge the norms of literature and society in general, especially considering the time period?

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Answer:

"East of Eden" challenges several different literary norms by presenting three generations of individuals, along with other characters that influence them. Each generation of characters is based off of the biblical tale of Cain and Abel, but with a twist. Alongside this motif, there are other biblical references that are used together that not only compliment each other, but contradict each other. A perfect example would be arguably the greatest antagonist of all literary history, Cathy/Kate. She is compared to not only the serpent from the story of Adam and Eve, but also the devil (this would be the complimentary characteristics). However, she is also seen as this magnificent and oddly gorgeous being, captivating all men around her. With all of the grotesque characteristics, how could one be as captivating? Within the same topic of Cathy/Kate, Steinbeck brings up prostitution and sex like never before. Yet, he is not literal, but crafts his descriptions cleverly. This makes the reader dig deep into his descriptions and dialogue--and once they do, they may wish that they never did.

English as a Second Language
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Question:

How does English affect your native language?

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Answer:

A common idea throughout learning any language is the comparison between the two (or three, etc.). Every single language influences each other in some way or another, whether or not it is a simple slang phrase, or major grammar structures. Not only that, but culture is heavily influenced by language and by the languages that one speaks. A student should be able to give specific examples of how he/she has seen or realized these similarities. Also, he/she should be able to give specific cultural examples to how language has influenced other languages. Example: A Spanish phrase for "Jogging" is "hacer footing" which literally translates to to do footing. The word "footing" does not exist in Spanish, therefor it has been borrowed from English to make a hybrid expression to express something that did not exist in the original language.

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