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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
What if some famous movie quotes were translated to Ebonics from English?

"Luke, I am your father."
----"Hey boy, I's yo daddy"

"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
----"Later, b%$#@"

"To be or not to be? That is the question."
----"Is I is or is I ain't? #@iiiii%"

""I'll be back"
----"I's fixin to bust a cap in yo a$$"

"We're off to see the wizard"
----"We'z fixin to go to da hoodoo 'bout some voodoo"

"We're going to need a bigger boat."
----Yous see da teet on that Mutha $#@*^, see here, turn dis here piece of %$#@ round now and get to shore for shizzle."

"I am Spartacus"
----"Who dhat?"

It would seem that ebonics use curse words freely, and rather than bleep out any more I'll leave the others for your imagation.
post #2 of 29
LOL...too funny.

I have heard a Delta Airlines commercial that was translated into Ebonics, it was very funny.
post #3 of 29
Try this site, its hilarious..

post #4 of 29
LOL!!! I typed in thecatsite.com and set it to redneck- that was hilarious!!!
post #5 of 29
ok i'm going to sound really stupid.... what does ebonics mean?
post #6 of 29
OMG Sicy, that was too funny....
post #7 of 29
ebonics is a segment of language unique to African American kids. It basically (and the debate rages on) is a quicker way to say something to someone, or to some people a lazier way since it does not involve proper english usage like most of us have learned. It is where the words "dog" and "hoe" take on different meanings and different spellings as well.

The translator provided in the link above, is a way of poking fun at a part of our culture that is evolving, and in my opinion speaking as a member and not a mod, entirely disrespectful to the origin of this language.

Most of the kids who speak ebonics come from poorly educated backgrounds and this is how they communicate. Several school systems are now teaching their instructors ebonics to help them communicate with the kids and understand what the kids are trying to say.
post #8 of 29
I certainly hope using it in schools is merely a means to the end of teaching these children proper English. Their chances of becoming successful in life speaking "Ebonics" are minimal - would you want someone who speaks that way representing your company?
post #9 of 29
I second that- I sure hope this isn't the 'wave of the future'.
post #10 of 29
Originally posted by hissy
The translator provided in the link above, is a way of poking fun at a part of our culture that is evolving, and in my opinion speaking as a member and not a mod, entirely disrespectful to the origin of this language.
I dont think its disrespectful. I think its funny. But whatever, delete it if you want.
post #11 of 29
Ummm...ebonics isn't even on that site...its redneck, jive talk, swedish chef and a few others.

I don't think it was disrespectful at all *shrugs*
post #12 of 29
Thanks for clearing that up for me
To be honest though, it seems that i'm the one who's going to need lessons understanding half the words.
post #13 of 29
It is my understanding that the teachers learn how the kids speak and with that under their belt, they then bring the kids aside and teach them basic English skills. Otherwise, they wouldn't have a clue if they are reaching these kids or not. As I said, the debate is still going on about ebonics.
post #14 of 29
Well, did you know that "bling bling" will now be included in the dictionary..... *sigh*
post #15 of 29
It just boggles the mind how a child can be born and raised in the USA, to parents also born and raised here, attend school and still not speak English.

Don't get me wrong, I am all for multilingual children, if the family speaks a mother tongue at home and teaches the child, that is wonderful and enriching. But the child is going to grow up in and live in the USA, where English is the language of common usage, and needs to know how to speak, read and write in it in order to be a contributing member of the community.
post #16 of 29
I agree Sue.
post #17 of 29
Man-oh-man, they don't have to put EVERY slang word in the dictionary. I mean, "Doh!" I can get on board with, but everything else is just silly It's weird, though; most people around the world speak some english, and it's no big deal, but when someone suggests that kids in America learn English along with their own native tongue there's an uproar. I guess it goes back to the whole white-guilt thing over slavery. I'm Vietnamese, and I speak both languages, and it's expected of me, so why should it be different for any other group?
post #18 of 29
OMG that's funny!

Ok funny but sad at the same time.
post #19 of 29
Originally posted by Sicycat
I dont think its disrespectful. I think its funny. But whatever, delete it if you want.
I don't think anyone is deleting anything right now. But I totally agree w/ Hissy. It is disrespectful. Its poking fun at the way African Americans speak. And like Hissy pointed out, most of the African Americans who do speak like this don't know any better. They come from poor socio economic backgrounds, and have poor education normally. Yet 'we' are poking fun of them. Its ignorance on 'our' part completely.
post #20 of 29
But Sicy's link didn't have anything to do with Ebonics

Thats what was said to be disrespectful. Did you guys actually follow the link??
post #21 of 29
My reply was not referring to Sicy's link. It was referring to the original post here that made fun of ebonics and how African Americans talk.
post #22 of 29
The translator mentioned pokes fun at all different types of dialects - it's actually very funny! It's kind of like South Park where it offends all parties equally.

Regarding the Ebonics: It's the way some poorly educated African-Americans speak. It is not an African-American language. I know plenty of African-Americans who don't speak that way, who know how to speak English and express themselves in a professional and eloquent manner. If you watch the BBC news you'll see African-English people speaking with a British accent! I've also seen teenagers of other races who imitate the Ebonics style of speech because they want to fit in with the MTV lifestyle that glorifies it. Or even because they've grown up around others who speak that way, attending schools where the teachers even speak that way. I attended a school like that in Louisiana one year - those teachers couldn't even spell! My parents were fortunately able to scrape together enough money to get me into a private school the next year. The school system did all of those children a grave disservice.

What needs to be fixed here is the incorrect association of that style of speech with African-Americans as a race, when it's actually just a result of woefully inadequate education.

I agree wholeheartedly w/ glentheman's comment. My husband's family originally came from Germany - they learned English shortly after their arrival, but kept the native language alive at home for generations.
post #23 of 29
I certainly was not implying that ALL African Americans speak that way. Perhaps my post was misunderstood. What I said was those that do normally come from poor socio economic backgrounds ,and lack in the education. Obviously there are many African Americans who speak perfect English, and to even think that I was implying otherwise would be foolish.

Look at Oprah Winfrey for example.
post #24 of 29
Yup, I misunderstood. Thanks for the clarification.

However, it does seem that people get real defensive about Ebonics and try to treat it as a racial issue, when it's really an education issue.
post #25 of 29
My original quoted response by dtolle was responding to hissy's comment about the link I posted.
post #26 of 29
I thought that link was hilarious...especially TCS home page set to "redneck"
post #27 of 29
I agree it is an education issue, BUT I also think if you look at statistics that the majority of those who do speak in Ebonics are indeed African American. Of course, there are exceptions, and I'm sure there are lots of other cultures that perhaps do as well.
Maybe I was wrong to make such a generalization. I certainly was not trying to make it into a racial issue.
post #28 of 29
That is the first thing that came to my mind too, Daniela, when I saw this, that African Americans might find it offensive....although I'm sure noone meant it to be, but it does kind of imply it.
post #29 of 29
Thread Starter 
I certainly DID NOT mean to offend anyone, anyhow,in any way from any culture or class.

As for teachers using this 'new' language to teach in school sounds like some what of an oximoron to me. Using that language to teach another.......hummm......maybe similiar to learning a fornien(sp?) language??????????
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