Personal Essay: “Second Language”

Back when my parents finally got cable, though I was still pretty young at the time, one of the channels in our lineup was a British channel geared towards children called (surprise) “The Children’s Channel”. Other than the standard cartoons they also had a good selection of educational shows, much like Sesame Street, perfect for a small girl with a plastic preschooler brain, able to suck up new knowledge like a sponge. With time other English language channels with children’s programming joined the line-up, but it was “The Children’s Channel” that contributed the most to my early language education. I don’t think I realized then that there was something odd about my early bilingual training and I didn’t even notice that I was teaching myself a language other kids my age would not be in proper contact with until fourth grade.

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