Well, in this quarter Ms. Hull had us go on this website called Drawingspace.com. This website has interesting lessons on how to draw. I started from the basics on Beginner Level starting at B. B is the Learn to See section, which means “As an artist, can visually explore everything around them from their own unique perspective, and with new purposes, such as discovering drawing subjects.(Drawing space)” So we did all the mini lessons and drawings with in that section. I learned how to see the object, and draw it. For example the duck, instead of drawing the duck I drew the space around the duck. My duck then got lots of shape and came out wonderful. Refer to the duck at the bottom of the blog. I also feel like shading had a big part to do with this section. Simply because I shaded several of my pictures so that it comes out more defined. I feel as though several of the examples came with knowing how to shade.
I discussed about the section B. But now I moved on to section C. Section C is drawing with lines. This section is about “Lines, the basic building blocks of drawing, can either be visually rendered or simply implied as a division between spaces or values. All shading styles used throughout Drawspace are made up of the three different types of lines, straight, curved, or angle.” I feel like this section improved my drawing tremendously because without lines what is Art? Everything in art refer to lines, even the shading. This section taught me how to use lines exactly. How to make dark lines, or thin lines. For example, The Star Fish drawing, was drawing well drawn because I knew the basics of lines from the previous drawings I drew. By me curving lines and adjusting how long a line is, my star fish came out very well. You can see my drawing at the end of this page.
The next section of Drawingspace.com is D. Section D was also an interesting section. Section D was called squirkling, “Squirkling is an easy method of shading, in which randomly drawn curved lines (called squirkles) combine squiggles and scribbles with circles to create textured values. The curriculum is designed to enhance various shading skills.” I feel like this section was defiantly focusing more on shading, and knowing light from dark in a picture. This relates to section C, but a little more advance. I used the method squirkling, to shade certain things. Sometimes I would shade in hard, or around the face of one of my drawings. For example, my drawing baby curly, and his hair was drawn by using the method squirkling. The motion of my pencil is around, instead of shape. This causes the lines to be curly and not as straight. So Baby curly’s hair looks natural and more like hair. Also, with this method I can decide whether I want more darker tone, or lighter tone. I really enjoyed this section of the Lessons.
Section E was about perspective. All of the other sections applied to perspective meaning the lines, the way I angle them. I also did lots of shading and tones. Section E says “Perspective is the very foundation, on which drawing compositions either stand or fall. With proper use of perspective, representational drawings appear three-dimensional and visually correct.” Perspective is so interesting and come out to be very real. They look like the object drawn is real. Section F is more structured but look to further blogs to see.
For Q3/Q4 I plan to keep using draw space because it is a very artistic and informative site that helps me greatly with my drawings. Since my capstone is related to the artistic side I am looking forward to improving my artistic ability as a senior art student but also a graduate in the science leadership community.
Throughout my first year in “Hunter” I had difficulties in all my classes because not only were the students almost always speaking spanish but so were the teachers, so that the kids would understand the material. This was the biggest obstacle but not the only one. Another obstacle was that when i did speak the little spanish i had picked up i spoke it very slow, even to this day thats a disadvantage in high school during spanish class i speak slow so that i can pronounce each words properly. In elementary school when i spoke spanish slow i was laughed at. Another bad thing that came out of my first year in that school were i received my first “C”. I was laughed at and talked about because of my language,but i made a friend. We became friends what they learn and the language they thought in. Since I come from an African American household where English was the only language we spoke and so did he. This change want only drastic for me but also for my friend as well as, my family because now they worried about how I would learn rather than if i would learn. Also the way the school ran also affect the other black boy because he had similar problems with language so we became close friends because of language. Due to the other kids not accepting us we were forced to become friends. Me and the other boy had another big possible with acceptance we were called a name "Moreno" at the time I had no idea what that word meant. All i knew was that it was a reference to blacks. This problem was resolved quickly. After these acts my school experience became a lot better. There were no more classes with Spanish teaching or talking.
Also there were more kids of the black variety. In my mind the reason my experience became better is because of the addition of more black something the school was missing. From these experiences i learned how important language is to acceptance, popularity, and the overall ways people act toward each other because of differences. My experience with language wasn’t all bad during this time i also learned that language also brings people together because of either similarities to the group or differences. Language also shaped me to the person i am today because of that experience i learned to be careful with language because of language battles and language wars. I also learned to stay true to yourself because though all of the struggles you come by there can always be a good outcome.
La película Mar Adentro se trata de un tetrapléjico Ramón Sampedro. Ramón Sampedro vivío en Porto do Son, Galicia, España. Ramón fue pescadero, un día pasado él fue a nadar y el rompío el cuello. Entonces se le paralizado del cuello hacia abajo. Durante muchos años, hermana de Ramón y su hermano-en-ley tiene que cuidar de él. Él vive en agonía, sabiendo que él nunca será capaz de caminar, correr o nadar de nuevo. Su hermano se opone a la eutanasia, pero Ramón se encuentra a dos mujeres que se enamoran de él. Julia, una abogada que sufre de una enfermedad, se crea un caso legal para Ramón, pero se enamora de él, y él con ella.
Julia le ayuda a publicar un libro de su poesía, pero luego, tras acordar un conjunto suicidio, ella cambia de opinión y decide no suicidarse. Entonces una mujer llamada Rosa, una joven madre soltera que ha tenido una vida muy dura, también se enamora de Ramón. Ella trata de cambiar de opinión, y argumenta que su ejemplo ha inspirado y la salvó de una vida de desesperación. Ramón le desafía: "La persona que me ama de verdad va a ser el que me ayuda a cometer suicidio".
A partir del caso legal de Ramón se ha perdido, él parece estar lleno de desesperación y no tiene a donde ir. Aunque Rosa, modificado por su amor a Ramón, finalmente accede a ayudar a morir. Su objetivo en un extremo grabado en video en el que sostiene que lo que está haciendo es su derecho y que no se debería culpar a los demás o procesados por ella, sorbos de cianuro a través de una paja, y muerte.
Muchos de los temas en Mar adentro habló sobre el derecho de la persona de vivir y morir. ¿Las personas tienen derecho a quitarse la vida? ¿El gobierno tiene el derecho de decirle a la gente que no puede quitarse la vida? Otro tema, que se encontraba en el Mar Adentro había sobre el amor. Si un amante te apoyo completamente? Incluso si quisiera quitarse la vida? Ramón Sampedro encuentra dos amores en la película a pesar de que ambos son diferentes.
Creo que el gobierno no tiene el derecho de decirle a alguien si deben vivir o morir. Yo creo que la pena de muerte no es justo. Las personas deben ser capaces de vivir de la manera que deseen. Incluso si esa vida se refiere a la muerte. Especialmente en el caso de Ramón Sampedro, un hombre que es un parapléjico. Él no tiene ningún uso para su cuerpo, se siente como si su vida es una pérdida de tiempo y una gran carga para sus familiares. Creo que nadie debería ser una carga. Ramón también quería desesperadamente a morir, pero sabía que no podía pedir a sus miembros de la familia para hacer eso por el riesgo que ellos irían a la cárcel.
La película Mar adentro fue sin duda una lacrimógena. Eso me puso en la posición de alguien que luchó con vida. Creo que la película y la actuación fue bien construido. Las escenas eran hermosas. Y el entorno era perfecto. Me conmovió y me hizo llorar. Creo que fue una gran película porque te hizo pensar. Lo que te hacía preguntas. Daban ganas de luchar por los derechos de una persona que nunca te conocí. Películas como Mar Adentro son importantes porque hacen que la gente cuestiona los motivos de nuestro gobierno. Si el gobierno tiene el control completo. ¿Debería el gobierno jugar a ser Dios?
How to make flickr slideshow:
1. Create a flickr account on flickr.com (very simple; you may sign up with gmail or facebook)
2. Upload you pictures to your photo stream (you may rotate and add caption them if you would like)
3. Transfer all your desired pictures from your photo stream to a set by "clicking create set"
4. Finally turn that set into a slideshow and take the embed code to post on other sites.
During the second quarter of senior art class, I brushed up a lot on my drawing skills. I bought myself a brand new sketch book to start fresh and my goal was to only draw things in it that I knew I was going to be really proud of. Before this quarter, I was working a lot with charcoal so I wanted to switch it up a little and just use my pencil for a lot of the work that I did. I really wanted to improve my drawing skills so my drawings look a little more realistic. I think this really showed through with my daffodil drawing. That is the drawing I am most proud of doing this quarter. It took me about three class periods to complete because I was being very meticulous with the shading. I wanted it to look good enough to be a tattoo, that is what I kept envisioning.
I also worked on a project at home. I was doing some research online and I came across a Crayola canvas. It really looked interesting and I wanted to try it out. I went to the craft store Michael's and picked up a new canvas and the biggest pack of Crayola crayons I could buy. I color organized the crayons the way I wanted them to be on the canvas. I then hot glued each crayon onto the canvas in a zig zag pattern. My next step was to take a hair dryer and put it on high and melt the tops of the crayons so the wax melted and dripped down the canvas. I was very happy with the way it turned out. I used my friend’s professional camera to take a picture of it.
After that project, I went back into pencil drawings. I drew a bunch of pictures of my favorite cartoon characters. This included the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, Alice, and the Mad Hatter, all from the movie ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Then I drew Jake and Fin from ‘Adventure Time’, my favorite TV show. I also threw in one charcoal drawing I drew down Valley green and two flower pastel drawings. I really enjoyed art this quarter because I did a variety of different things and I got to brush up on my drawing skills and make a Crayola canvas.
La idea fue formada por Manna, Lulu, Marina, y Rugei.
El guión está en los subtítulos de video.
Summer Of Tongue
The summer of July 4, 2011. My Family and I always had a different tongue. The school went to I had a wonderful english Language arts teacher. She taught us how speaking correctly reflected on our education, and we studied big words and their meanings. The correct way to use terms that have been interpreted wrongly by people that was around us. I would always think that my education was higher in my family. I could never understand why they would talk uneducated in public. In school peers around me talk uneducated and it always frustrated me since we learned the same things at the same time.
July 4, 2011 was a fun day until me and my mom met up with my family. We all met at Red lobster for lunch. Everyone walked into the red lobster and when we were finally seated the waiter came up to us and asked “Drinks?” My aunt said “Do yall got orange?” I could feel the eyes staring at us, it seemed like I was the only one at the table that realized what she said. I was sure the people around us did. When he asked me I said “I would like a sprite please” The waiter left. My cousins and my aunts mocked me repeating to what I said the waiter. The mocking set something off in me. I felt like I had to talk like them to really fit in. The waiter returned and took the orders. I noticed my uncle ask the waiter “Can I get some melted butter with dat” I sat there and wondered why he didn't pronounce the (TH). The frustration built inside me. I look at my whole family as ignorant.
The rest of the dinner was embarrassing they were the loudest people in our little section.I was too full to care. I haven't spent over three years with my family. I could understand why we spoke so different it was because I wasn't near them a lot. I thought to myself what if I spent a lot of time with them would I talk like them? This helps me to understand, you can't judge a whole family on how one person talks. Everyone has their own way of talking.
Another event was at a family reunion Everyone came from all over the country to come to the family reunion. Once everyone got to the reunion I started to realize everyone spoke different depending on where they were in the country. I also realized even if they lived far away most of them still talked the same.
Everyone in my family was born in philadelphia so ideally they were all taught how to speak the same way. When they moved they started talking differently. For example both of my aunts got up to talk but they had different accents yet they were born in the same house. Had the same parents and lived with each other for 21 years the only difference is one of them moved down south. So how is it that they have different accents yet they were born and raised at the same place and time?
I noticed in my family the way you speak reflects on what you wear. Its when you talk educated you dress more properly. When you talk normal you dress casual. When you talk uneducated you dress like you need to stay in the house. I noticed when people have different types of clothes on they reflect what their wearing.
In time as generations go on and education is distributed more, people are leaning on talking like one another.
In my beliefs there is a reason why people all talk differently. People normally don't think Religion and how it contribute in the different languages and different speech patterns
For our second benchmark mark we are studying languages within ourselves. I choose to write about the code switching I do between my friend, family,and to older people.
Language is how you speak. Everyone has a different way of speaking.When I’m with my friends I may come off as sarcastic or as if I do not care. When I really take a sad story and turn it into something I can cope with. But not every story me and my friends talk about that way is sad. When a person asks a question they already know the answer to we speak sarcastic. For example if you ask how many fingers a normal person has you should already know the answer. I look at my friend they will look at me and then we would start smiling. Next comes our sarcasm. We might respond with something such as “15” or to really laugh we might say “non, we do not know what a finger is.”
I thought that writing about this could help me really understand why I do it. I guess that if people knew what I do then they might stop acting dumb. Well those who read this. What does sracman mean to me? I think of it as a way to insult idiots without them realizing it. Am I a mean person for it? Well I don’t think so. I’m sarcastic 75% of the time, but that doesn’t mean that i’m never serious.
There was this time when abounce of my friends and I was sitting around a table. Of course there when outsiders there but when do they ever matter? We were talking about this youtube video about this girl who was dancing on a locker and she fell off. We watched the video over and over again because it was funny. A Bi-standard walked by and was like omg did she just fall? We laughed again but this time not at the video at the dummy with a stupid question. I replied no she did it because she wanted to. She bumped her head because she thought she could become smarter. Everybody laughed. The dummy with a dumb question felt stupid. My goal is complete.
Is what i’m doing a nice thing? Can people benefit from how I speak to them? Probably not, but the big question is ask me if I care. It’s not my fault that I think sometimes before I talk unlike most of the students that goes to my school. Asking question you know the answer to will get you nowhere. It’s like asking your mother how many siblings you have, when you live with all of them everyday. Or asking how many numbers is in the alphabet when you use a computer to make a living.
There are times where people ask question they know the answer to and you can not reply sarcastic. You must look at them differently and or begin to laugh.
Here’s a time when my sister said something that almost made me want to homeschool her my self. My father was mins away from getting a foot operation. He was telling us about the other operations he has overcome. One of them was when he had gotten his appendix removed. After he said it my younger sister turned around and replies “You have no kidney?”
What can you say to a question as such. Nothing you sit there and crack up laughing. You laugh until your “Kidney” falls out.
I use sarcasm a lot. my definition of it is I think of it as a way to insult idiots without them realizing it. I wouldn’t speak to someone who is older then me and is my family the way I do to my friends. I am not addicted to sarcasm so much that I use it every time. I know who I should use it on and who I shouldn’t. If my mom says something she already knows the answer to I’ll just answer it and not make her seem dumb. But if it is one of my friends well thats a whole new story.
Seniors - report to CAFE
Juniors - report to 5TH FLOOR
AMES - - - - - - - - - - - 506
BAIRD/MENASION - -504
HULL - - - - - - - - - - - - 502
MILES - - - - - - - - - - - 521
KAY/HIRSCH- - - - -501
Sophomores - report to regular ADVISORY ROOMS
Freshmen - report to
BEY - - - - - - - - - - - -LIBRARY
MARTIN - - - - - - - - - LIBRARY
LATIMER/POHOMOV - 301
JONAS - - - - - - - - - -313
MANUEL - - - - - - - - -207
VK - - - - - - - - - - - - 304
***THE REST OF THE SCHEDULE CAN BE FOUND ON THE FRONT PAGE OF MOODLE***
Below is the results of me changing things up; the current lay out of my website.
Basically, I googled what a professional website portfolio looked like and then tried to make something close to the things I was seeing without losing the feel that I wanted my gallery to have. I kept the color scheme that I had originally had but got rid of the unnecessary things like the page view counter and comment section. I also changed the format of the way the pictures were displayed. Originally I had them in a slide show format but I didn't like the fact that depending on the size of the picture, the size of the entire webpage would change. So to fix that, I put all the pictures onto in a "div" and then set it so that the side bar locked and you could auto scroll down through the images using the buttons on the side.
I'm like the new lay out more than the old mostly because of the fact that everything on the site now is coded by my hands. On the original layout, a few things were codes that other people had made and then I had modified to fit my needs whereas in this one, all the coding was done from the ground up by me because I have a little better understanding of how to do things now.
There's still plenty work and adjustments to be made and tons more coding that I need to learn but It's a process. One that I look forward to reaching the end of. My next mission is to figure out how to set things so that when you click on the picture it can show you a description and backstory of each individual one.
On a side note I did make a few new art pieces since last quarter in between my web designing.
Ingredients (for two
1 Green pepper
2 African hot peppers
5 Maggi cubes
1 Package Chicken tray
⅕ cup of vegetable oil
1.) Pour 5 oz. of dehydrated attieke into a large pot.
2.) Heat 5 oz. of water until warm. Pour the water in the pot with the attieke while stirring gently. Allow the attieke to soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
3.) Place the pot on the stove and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir the attieke continuously. Use a fork to prevent the grains from sticking together.
4.) Turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove.
5.) Place the attieke in a large bowl and wait for it to cool down.
6.) For the second part of the dish, place the chicken in a large Ziploc bag. Then, place the 3 maggi cubes in the Ziploc bag with the chicken. Keep the chicken in there for 30-60 minutes.
7.) Take the Ziploc bag with the chicken and put it in a refrigerator. You can refrigerate the chicken for up to four hour. The chicken will absorb the flavors.
8.) Take the chicken out of the fridge. Allow the chicken to come to room temperature before grilling it.
9.) Grill the chicken in a grill pan till both sides of the chicken turn brown and crispy.
10.) Place the grilled chicken in a plate and put the attieke next to it.
11.) Cut up the onion, tomato, African hot pepper, and green pepper and put them in a Ziploc bag. Put one maggi cube and ⅕ of vegetable oil in the Ziploc bag. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
12.) Put the mixture that is in the Ziploc bag on top of the grilled chicken and the attieke.
Our meal consists entirely of processed foods. The total amount of calories in our meal is 851.4. Since there are so many calories in our dish, if eaten often, the human body would gain weight and grow to be less healthy. The amount of fat in our dish is 18.1 grams. Since our dish is fairly low in fat, the human body is more likely to work more proficiently. It is also less prone to get diseases associated with a fatty diet. These include diabetes, heart disease, and cancer of the lower digestive system. However, if you ate this meal everyday, since it is low in fat, it can lead to problems like overeating, depression, and hormonal imbalances.
All of our ingredients were harvested in the United States. However, some of them are native to West Africa (African hot pepper, etc.). On average, our ingredients travelled 600 miles to get to Philadelphia. According to research, the manufactures of the ingredients to not harvest it organically.
The chemicals used can have a negative impact on the planet in many ways. One of these is pollution. As the chemicals get washed away, they end up in rivers. This ultimately decreases the quality of the affected river. Given each ingredient, the meal cost five ten dollars to make. This is about the same cost as a fast food meal.
One ingredient of particular interest to us was the African hot pepper. To grow it, a seed was placed in the ground. It was watered once everyday and sprayed with pesticides. After growing, it was picked, packaged, and sent to the store to be sold. After being purchased, it ended up in our dish.
Ronald: One of the main problems with America’s food system is that people are lazy. In this unit, we have learned that people simply do what is most convenient when it comes to obtaining food. For instance, I remember one of the graphs that we looked at showed how far away the average person is from a supermarket. I realized that this distance often determines whether or not a person has access to healthy organic foods, as if unhealthy foods are closer, that is probably what the consumer will choose.
If I could make changes to my food choices, I would I would eat more vegetables. The reason is because I sometimes go days without eating them. I feel that if I ate more vegetables, I would become a healthier person. One impact that eating more vegetables would have is that I would have more lasting energy. Although eating foods that are high in sugar gives me energy, it burns out quickly. As a sprinter, this can lead to me tiring out in the middle of a race.
After realizing that I need to eat more vegetables, I am prepared to make a change. Now, I make sure that I eat vegetables at least once a day. I plan to increase my intake even further.
Mabintu: I have learned a lot about foods this unit; food that is good for you and food that is bad for you. We also learned about why some foods are the way they are and what the government has to do with the kind of food we eat. When we looked at the health/food maps we came to an understanding that most of the overweight/Obese people are in the poor areas of Philadelphia. We talked about how food companies be lying about in the food and the labels. We talked about organic food and how it is more expensive and you have less of a variety to choose from. That is why people spend most of their money on presses food because they cause less. I do not need to change anything about my diet because I usually eat homemade food. When I eat outside I do not eat health because it’s they only time I can eat something that I think is good. I do not eat unhealthy most of the time I eat unhealthy like twice a week or so. I guess I need to make a little change to my diet, as to what times I eat. Right now I eat any time I hungry and sometimes I eat even when I’m not hungry. That will have to change.
Terrance: ¿Que Pasa? Bien venido a la discoteca de caballeros!
Sasha: "¡Te parece a Trinidad James!"
"Realmente? Quiero estar en tu video próximo."
"Vamos al baño"
Wendy: ¿Como era tu dia?
Kami: "Ohh ah ew si.."
Serving size: 7-8
1/2 cup of magrine
1/2 cup of Sugar
4 eggs1 bag of wheat bread crumbs
20 onces of crush pineapples.
1 cup of skim milk.2 tablespoons of salt.
5 tablespoons of pumpkin spice.
1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
2. Mix the bowls with the ingredients.
3. Bake the 350 degree oven for an hour before serving.
Serving size 2 people.
Some of the food is process and some is whole. The pineapples and eggs are not process and they are whole foods. But the extra ingredients like sugar margarine is process. Its pretty healthy as it only has 166 calories. I say it’s like 55% process and 45% not process. It is very high in natural sugar and process sugar. It also has eggs for protein and bread for bread use. This food dish lacks vitamin A, B and D. Also it does not have a lot of cholesterol. Some of the food that is processed all of the food will go straight to your systems that will be processed and then go to your stomach. Margarine comes from vegetable oil and skim milk. That is healthier then butter.
Margarine comes from vegetable oil and skim milk. So they came from a farmers. So does the eggs that were made. My specific margarine and eggs comes from Kentucky. I am not aware wear my eggs came from but its company was Foodhold USA which is in Maryland. The rolls came from Florida and my Pineapples also came from Florida. That is a total of 1324 miles traveled just to get in my home. The Margarine, bread, pineapples, and sugar were all processed. Only the eggs were not processed. But the chicken who laid it was.
This meal cost around 12 dollars. This meal is suppose to serve 8 people. This is a lot more expensive then a 4 dollar menu burgers from McDonalds. This is an outrage that a dish served for 8 cost so much more. The stuff that cost the most is pineapples which were 2.00 dollars. Obviously the Martians, Doles and other foods won the deal by stealing my money.
My bread cubes cubes some soybeans and Monocalcuim in it. I have no idea how they managed to add those items in bread but the did. I’m pretty sure if I made the bread those items would not be included in my bread. My eggs have no significant source of Dietary fiber or sugar. But I have no idea how to make eggs the right way. Plus I have no chickens.
I learned different effects that food can have on someone. I knew that eating unhealthy can cause an unhealthy life in the future. I knew that liver problems and other serious diseases are caused by eating habits. What I learned the most was from the videos, even though we didn’t finish the movie I learned a lot about the food culture. I learned that the food producers are a bunch of a-holes. Sorry for the rude language but it’s beyond me that a food company can just about contaminate almost all of the natural foods to make them more fattening just for money. It’s terrible to kill the cows, chickens and pigs the way they do. Not only make them fat but you basically make them kill them in the most gruesome way. And once someone talks about it, they get sued by the food companies. The workers can’t stop because they need the money to survive. So no one wins. This is a messed up society we have. Another reason why this world is messed up is because people in low income can not afford healthy foods because 1 low income and 2 there are no grocery store. This a terrible world we live in.
" My mother told me that my first words were “up please”, something simple for any child to ask- except I was the ripe age of 9 months old. I have always had a complex vocabulary, according to my mother I was able to say 26 words by the time I was a year old. Since I was unable to walk yet, I suppose I attempted to let my mother know exactly what I wanted and needed. My mother likes to relate my early talking with the fact that I could read basic reading books with ease by the time I was two. Needless to say that language is possibly the biggest part of communication. Now, at 15 years old, I speak multiple different “languages”. I define language as something that is spoken by a group of people, so by my definition there are languages within languages.
The first language I learned was English. There are many different variations of English in my life. Proper English, improper english, slang, Philly Slang, New England Slang, but the form of english I am most fluent in besides English, is basketball. Yell out “backdoor cut” into a crowd and watch how many people turn around. By the time I was 6 I could watch basketball, speak basketball, sign basketball and do scoreboards. I have basketball in my blood, its not a second nature to me.
In a bigger way New England flows through my veins. The New England terminology is my first language. I spent the first five years of my life in Amherst, Massachusetts. About two and a half hours west of Boston, in Amherst the accent is a little thinner, the English is more proper, there is no difference between the inner city accent and the suburban accent because Amherst is more of a farming town. I still have a faint New England accent to show my roots.
I remember when I first moved to Philly, I was five years old and beginning my kindergarten year at Norwood Fontbonne Academy, a Catholic School in Chestnut Hill. I walked down the stairs in my favorite polo dress and my hair in one ponytail and hopped in the car after what seemed like thousands of pictures from my overly emotional mother. I never understood the tears, I mean, I did go to preschool for three years before that. We rolled into the construction filled school in our Ford Explorer with the Massachusetts license plate. Nervousness ran through my whole body. I sat down on the “magic carpet” when we went around the circle to say our names and where we are from. When it was my turn I sat up straight, head held high, and said “My name is Gabrielle Aahrnold and I am from Amhuuuuurst Massachusetts.” Naturally my teachers were concerned that I wasn’t developing my phonics correctly. Fast forward 10 years later with a little “Hooked on Phonics” and “speech therapy”, I speak with little to no accent.
My accent was one of the things that defined me. Amherst is in my blood. My accent made me different from everyone else. I stood out from the crowd. I wasn’t just a Philly girl, I was an Amherst girl, and damn proud of it. I still am an Amherst girl... but a Philly girl as well. My accent was a conversation starter, something distinct, something beautiful. That’s the beauty of language, regardless of how your voice sounds, where you are and who you’re with. There will always be someone who will listen to your voice and instantly connect with you. Their voice rubs off on you.
I began attending Germantown Friends School September of 2003. My vocabulary from the time I was very young has always been vaster than what was the expectation. Over time I began to talk more and more like my peers, we began our own language. “Obvi” began to slowly creep into my “all the time vocabulary, annoying my parents and pushing my cousins to call me “white girl”. My aunt began to taunt my cousins and I when she saw us talking, “And I’m like, and he’s like, and I’m like and he’s like”. She says this to this day. I’ve changed schools so the taunting hasn’t been as severe since I picked up a majority of my other cousin’s vocabulary when I began attending Science Leadership Academy in the fall of 2011.
When I began attending Science Leadership Academy, I learned a new type of English, Philly slang. Most of my friends at GFS were from the outskirts of Philly, we had our own slang. “That’s dead” slowly began to creep into my vocabulary so much so that my mother has begun saying it.I love that my language reflects all the places I have been in life. Amherst, Philly, Norwood, SLA. My language is like one of my style, something that is visible always and represents who I am to the fullest. "
Over the past three years of living in Philadelphia my language has changed dramatically compared to when I lived in Delaware. Not only did I move to a totally different state with a different way of living, talking, dressing, etc., but I got older as well. Living in Philly I definitely have picked up the slang that’s used on a daily basis. When I am with my friends we use different slang words then someone maybe from south Philly. My weekends are full of fun random sayings that we make up.
My friends that live in West Philly, together we call each other The Mob. In the Mob my closest friend is Shania. She Is the one closest to my age (17). “Shine bright like a diamond” a song by Rihanna (my sister Shania’s ringtone) begins to play as my day is interrupted by her daily text messages or phone calls. Most the time she is calling or messaging me to ask if im going to come down there that day to chill or go to a party. “Yo shawty. Whats up? Instead of just “Hey” or “Hi” those are usually the things she’ll say. My response mainly sounds something like “Hey love. How r u?” I use love as a way to show I care about you on some level. If I call you my love its basically like calling you my friend or my homie. Majority of the Mob’s conversations involve finding out the swerve (the move; activity) of the day/night. They can also involve a lot of plotting and planning sessions.
Our conversations go on they begin to get sillier and sillier. Someone will say something that someone else should have already known the answer to. Or (usually) Shania will ask a dumb question like ﬁve times in four different ways. We are the youngest of our crew of about 20 people (we are 16). The oldest direct member of our family will be 21 this year. Shania and I being the young ones, they basically took us in as there lil sisters/ young bulls. For someone who doesn’t hang out with us on a daily basis they would think we are they WEIRDEST people alive. One thing that we do to basically laugh at each other is what is called Follow ups. “That’s one…follow ups”; this is usually stated when someone does something wrong or says something totally Stupid off. What happens is that you get hit on the shoulder back arm area by everyone around you. You can say “No Follow ups” Saying this is basically acknowledging that you screwed up in some way. It also yells “dont hit me!”
Another language that is used a lot in my life is the language of arts. Whether its rap poetry or singing its always happening (especially if im with my friends) We use it to not only express ourselves but to make things more fun. We could be walking down the street and someone will randomly start singing or rapping about what we are doing. Seven out of the 15 people in The Mob rap and go to the studio. When PurpVarsity (the rap group) with Cazz, Drew and two people not from The Mob throws parties they preform and give other people the opportunity to perform as well. The arts have become of big part of how I communicate to strangers and very close people. Its not pressuring, its comfortable and fun.