Aimee Lorraine C. CapinpuyanMr. Maximino Pulan Jr.Lit 14 M02Mar 23
Reflection on Experimental WritingMy essay “Speak English Drive,” while it did, at some points, break away fromthe conventional styles of essay writing, it was not as much of a crazy dance asAnzaldua’s paper was. Instead of writing large chunks of text in another language, Imade use of parentheses and snippets of informal speech to convey my thesis statementabout English speaking being a signifier of wealth and power.I appropriated my deviance to the topic I had on hand. Since most of my storyis told using my school as a backdrop and with fragments of casual conversation, Ifound it fitting to adopt a casual tone of writing, except in the paragraphs where Idiscuss the philosophies behind the English speaking drives.By writing in a less constricted manner, I was able to show more efficiently theuse of English in the school setting. I was able to paint a starker contrast betweenEnglish and Bisaya dialects in my school. In the paragraph in which I discuss thelanguage that I speak at home, I take a snippet of everyday conversation and use it asan example showing how mixed my natural language has become and how it is near toimpossible to attempt to separate it into its three component languages. Had I writtenthis in a traditional manner, I would not have achieved the same effect because a in atraditional essay, these bits of conversation would need translation into pure English. Intranslating it, it loses the effect of inseparability that I was trying to achieve.