Date: Tue, 11 Mar 1997 17:05:49 +0000 From: Rose Nash Subject: Re: Immigrants' learning of English to Alice Faber: As the daughter of immigrant parents living in an immigrant neighborhood in Chicago, I still remember my reaction upon meeting, for the first time, an American-born mother of an elementary school classmate. I felt sorry for her, and said "How can you keep secrets from your mother if she understands everything you say to other people?