Date: Fri, 8 Dec 1995 00:34:52 -0800 From: Rima & Kim McKinzey 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. Rima