The Difficulties of Learning to Speak American

Contrary to conventional wisdom, ordinary life is not full of surprises -- they are few and far between.  But recently I got a welcome surprise courtesy of American Thinker publishing my adventures with the Tea Party as an emigrant from the USSR.  Now I know how Lord Byron felt when he woke up one day and found himself famous.  Granted, a simple essay is not quite the same as the first chapters of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, but, adjusted for cultural inflation, we are coming pretty close. Among very astute comments posted by AT readers, one of the most frequently asked questions was "Why do so few immigrants from totalitarian countries, especially the Soviet Union, speak out about their experiences?" Let me suggest three reasons: different upbringing, lack of civic vocabulary, and conformity. One of the first things that amazed me in the U.S. was people speaking well at the drop of a hat.  You go to a small local township meeting and see a very senior citizen...(Read Full Article)

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