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In Barbara Mellixs essay From Outside In Mellix examines the infinite powers she obtained through her ability to travel within the language of standard English While growing up in Greeleyville South Carolina Mellix was accustomed to speaking two distinctly different languages- Black English and Standard English As Mellixs perspective on the importance of standard English grew she realized that this form of language would become her key to the door of limitless possibilities in which her writing skills will achieve Even though it was a hard task for Mellix to adapt to this standard form of writing her inner drive to master standard English has evolved into a remarkable power that she has discovered within herselfAlthough she strived to be a standard-English- speaking Black the words felt foreign and uncharacteristic in the beginning Relatives form the city would come home to visit speaking the perfect standard English We felt foolish embarrassed somehow diminished because we were ashamed to be our real selves289 Yet she persevered struggling to succeed in mastering her standard English proficiency Thus began the wonderful journey of self discovery as Millex expands the power received from her knowledge of standard EnglishWhile growing up the influences of her parents and college professors pushed Mellix to broaden her standard English skills When Mellix was younger her parents rarely set aside time to teach the children standard English But when a subject arose the fathers approach toward teaching Mellix standard English was to tell past stories in which he used predominately standard English Through these ways of teaching Mellix learned to further her vocabulary while speaking proper English On the other hand Mellixs mother used a different approach towards informing her kids if they were using slang phrases The mothers objective was to correct the way in which her kids spoke these jargon phrases She did this by criticizing the person who used the slang phrase and corrected them Her intention was to prepare her
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