I work a lot. I'm a service technician and I visit peoples' homes. I've worked from sunny California to the Windy City. Covid don't stop me.
I don't care if you're black, brown, white, or purple or green. I just want to get your sheet done, get paid, and get some nap time.
I've seen just about everything at this point--all the proverbial skeletons in the closet. I am a professional, and I am a pretty neutral and
I had an experience last week that is still grating on my moral code.
I did some work in a house where the proud mum was a non-English speaker. I mean, I don't care--¿Donde queiro la caja?
gets me through most
jobs. I can usually make it work.
But parents who make their kids act as translator can irk me sometimes. Usually it's not a big deal, their teenage kid can translate pretty well.
However, I was recently faced with a translator who had to be about 4-5 years old.
Sometimes I need to convey technical concepts that require the vocabulary beyond a freaking 5 year old. I really wonder what the 'lost in translation'
information turns out as once it reaches the parent customer.
I felt like a freaking fool talking to a toddler about technical issues that they needed to pass along to their parent to make a decision.
I used to be a student of cultural studies and anthro. I am seriously interested in how these kids grow up, having to be a full-time translator,
mediator, arbitrator for their parents--on call 24/7.
I make no judgment. There is no embarrassment in the equation for me. People come here seeking the good life and I'm all for that. But what do these
kids feel, having their parents so dependent on them for a good 2 decades?
Isn't it worth it to invest in some ESL courses or get a few textbooks/tapes? I dunno, maybe I come across as a bigot. Liberalism tells immigrants
that there's no value in learning English, just be you. Melting pot be damned.
I really wonder how these kids feel about being called upon as a tool because parents refuse to learn even a little bit of the language of the land.
I get that sometimes people understand more English than they let on, but come on, why are you forcing your very, very young children to translate to
you. I can only imagine them growing up feeling taken advantage of and objectified because parents couldn't put in a little more effort.
edit on 5-1-2021 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)