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A Typical American Teenager—Dominican Republic-Style

Janet Grossbach Mayer

in As Bad as They Say?

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234165
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823234165.003.0007
A Typical American Teenager—Dominican Republic-Style

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Dora worked hard without any prodding. Having come from the Dominican Republic a few years earlier, she and brother David were eager to learn everything about America and especially everything about a becoming a T.A.T. — “typical American teenager.” She had a good sense of humor, was lively, highly motivated, and easy to reach and teach. Her reading needed polishing but was below grade level only because of the language barrier; she had grown up speaking Spanish but had a good ear for language. She could hear the subtle differences between her English spoken with a Hispanic accent and English spoken by native speakers. She was determined to sound like and look like a typical American teenager. It became their joke as Janet Mayer tried to convince her that, maybe, becoming a T.A.T. was not necessarily always admirable, but she would not hear of it.

Keywords: Dora; Dominican Republic; David; America; teenager; Spanish; English; Janet Mayer

Chapter.  2055 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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