Definition of Language (The audience is chosen specifically for this topic)

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Hey ya'll. What's up? Chillin'? Ya'll better have been "chillin'" before ya'll started reading this 'cause ya'll are in for a big surprise. So may I ask you guys what is wrong with talking like I did in the previous four sentences? My guess is that most of you think that those sentences are perfectly okay, but it's not. Speaking like that will make people question your qualifications, create doubts about your accomplishments and hinder your chances of succeeding in the future. Language will help show others how you have been brought up in the past, what kind of a person you are, and how your future might shape up. Basically language shows a lot about your character. Language is not just a tool by which you communicate with each other, but it has a deeper meaning that reveals your identity: your past, your present, and your success in the future.

Your language often provides much information about your past. Now you may be wondering how language, a tool by your standards, reveals your past? Well you will be very surprised by how much of your history your language gives away. Dialect is the first and foremost thing that comes to my mind when I think about how language represents one's past. As all of you know, United States of America is a huge country and many people from different regions have different dialects. Think about a time you met a tourist who was a stranger to your neighborhood. Did he sound exactly like you? If he did then I would assume that he grew up in a surrounding that is similar to yours. But most likely, that stranger probably did not have the same dialect as you do. By paying attention to the way he speaks, you can probably...