Audio Recording "They found it very difficult to learn English the way other immigrants learned English."

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Title
"They found it very difficult to learn English the way other immigrants learned English."
Contributor Names
Carrera, Miguel de la (Narrator)
Carrera, Antonio de la (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-03
Subject Headings
-  Cuban Americans
-  Lawyers
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Antonio de la Carrera and Miguel de la Carrera.
-  Summary of audio segment: AC says his mother is an example. All her life [in Cuba] she studied English, she went to public schools where they taught English, etc. And when AC's father traveled, she interpreted for him. So,when she moved here, she had a good opportunity to improve on her English, but it turned out just the opposite. There were too many opportunities to speak Spanish here, and they found it very difficult to learn English the way other immigrants learned English. AC says he understands that the Jewish immigrants had the same difficulty, but resolved it by speaking English to their children, and so learned English and got used to it. But Spanish parents speak Spanish to their children, 90 percent of them do. There are exceptions, AC's father-in-law among them. He spoke English to his children. As a result they learned to speak English only and can't speak Spanish. So the children of Spanish speakers are learning English, but it was very difficult for the older generation. Those who do speak English are the exception, not the rule. But AC doesn't think it's a "conscious problem". But thereis the issue of pride of the [native] country, and some local politicians who promote that, byorganizing national days and parades. It's a matter of pride among the people, but also an opportunityfor the people who service those communities to show themselves [insurance agents, etc.].
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A015
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.tca01507
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Carrera, Miguel De La, Antonio De La Carrera, and Thomas D Carroll. "They found it very difficult to learn English the way other immigrants learned English.". -09-03, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003945/.

APA citation style:

Carrera, M. D. L., Carrera, A. D. L. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "They found it very difficult to learn English the way other immigrants learned English.". -09-03. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003945/.

MLA citation style:

Carrera, Miguel De La, Antonio De La Carrera, and Thomas D Carroll. "They found it very difficult to learn English the way other immigrants learned English.". -09-03, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003945/>.