People learn different languages from different parts of the country, in different families and communities where they grew up. Learning a language is truly important to be able to communicate well with others. But some people still questioned the purpose of using the English language if they do have their own native language. Why do we really need to learn the usage of the Standard American Language?

When I was in college, our teachers were doing their best to help us understand the importance of Standard English and why we should study it. I understand that it would be difficult for us since it is not our native language. However, I learned that English is also a key to being successful in our chosen profession. Those who are more proficient in English tend to be more easily hired and more successful on the job. In our daily lives, we might encounter talking to people raised in a different country. Hence, we do need to learn to use the standardized English language to be able to communicate with them.

“Standard American English usage is linguistic good manners, sensitively and accurately matched to context—to listeners or readers, to the situation, and to purpose. But because our language is constantly changing, mastering its appropriate usage is not a one-time task like learning the multiplication tables. Instead, we are constantly obliged to adjust, adapt, and revise what we have learned.” (The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. Columbia University Press, 1993) With this, we can say that learning Standard American Language is a lifelong process.

It is true that Standard American English is a version of English that should be easily understood by anyone in the country. Like when you are watching television, you may find that most clips from local news channels around the country just sound the same. That is because the real importance of Standard American English is to minimize uncertainty, confusion, and misunderstanding, and to serve as a medium for easy communication.

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Angela Llasus

Angela Malla Llasus was born on September 24, 1997 at Villaverde Imus, Cavite. She is currently residing at Tumalalud, Mambusao, Capiz. She started her elementary grades at Pasong Buaya II Elementary School Imus, Cavite from Grade one to five and finished at Caidquid Elementary School Mambusao, Capiz as Valedictorian in the year 2010. She then enrolled in her secondary education at Mambusao National High School where she was a consistent honor student and graduated as Salutatorian in the year 2014. She pursued her college at Capiz State University Burias, Mambusao, Capiz, and took up a Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics. Because of her hard work, she graduated with an academic award year 2018. During her college days, she taught freshmen students for her practice in her chosen profession. There she learned to work under pressure, interact positively with her colleagues in school and handle different behaviors of students. The experience has been challenging yet fulfilling. Angela loves English and Mathematics. Aside from numbers, her hobbies are writing literary pieces like poems and essays. During her school days, she joined different literary contests and journalism workshops because of her passion for writing. She also loves singing. For her, writing and singing are the best ways to express your feelings. As of now, her goal is to find a stable job to support her family. Because of her determination to achieve her goal, she searched for a job to help her family. She has been employed at Inspiro Relia, Inc. as a Customer Service Representative for more than a year. She believes that hard work and patience will lead you to a brighter future.