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In "Gains and Losses," Rodriguez explains how he views the English and Spanish languages as two totally different things. He refers to the two as incongruent and when the teachers come into his home and speak English, it is "a clash of two worlds" (50). In this, he shows us that he doesn't feel that the two can coexist, that there is a choice, one or the other. He also refers to Spanish as a "private" language and English as a "public" language. In doing this
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- "Gains and Losses," we are told the story of how he ...
- "Gains and Losses," Rodriguez explains ...
- He refers to the two as incongruent and when the teachers come into his home and speak English, it is "a clash of two worlds" ...
- he explains that his family was "no longer bound tight by the pleasing and troubling knowledge of [their] public separateness" ...
- he hears people on the street speaking Spanish, it reminds him of how much he misses it and refers to the times when he did speak it as "the golden age of [his] youth" ...
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