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    Language biased? It's not your fault.

    For 35 years I was a full-time native speaker with a standard accent/dialect. As a resident of the capital of my country, I was granted the natural privilege of speaking the ‘correct’ Portuguese. I remember people making fun or telling jokes of regional accents. It didn’t matter how educated or wealthy you were. If you were born in the south or north of Portugal your accent could place you immediately in a league of comedy. As for foreigners trying to speak Portuguese, prejudice instead of comedy was the league in which they were placed.

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    Topics: World Languages

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    Welcome to the inaugural year of our school blog, Being Earnest. Yes, Earnest is the name of our terrapin mascot, but this blog is written sincerely and "in earnest" by members of our community including faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and sometimes even students. The authors hope to shine light on trends and topics in education and/or life in general. 

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