Date: Fri, 8 Dec 1995 00:34:52 -0800
From: Rima & Kim McKinzey rkm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLIP.NET
Subject: Re: Language and Intelligence
However, this has made me think of my situation, where I am living in the
Netherlands and often find myself in groups of people who are speaking Dutch.
I can understand a good bit now, but because I don't use it often, I have
some trouble speaking it myself. What I have discovered is that people tend
to treat me as though I'm retarded in some way. If someone starts to speak to
me in English and we have a normal conversation, I can immediately see the
difference in the way they interact with me--sometimes they even look
surprised when they realize that I can discuss things normally.
This reminds me of another way folks make assumptions. After I broke my
leg very badly many years ago and was going around on crutches, I noticed
that some people would speak to me louder and slower. I kept having to
tell them that my leg was broken, my mind and ears were fine.