Poet Argues She Speaks English in Three Different Ways

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By Maryann Yin Comment

How many ways can one speak the English language?

In a spoken word piece delivered at TED Salon NY 2014, poet Jamila Lyiscott argues that she speaks her native tongue in three different ways. We’ve embedded a video showcasing the entire performance above.

According to the TED blog, Lyiscott calls herself a trilingual orator. She speaks “fluently at home, with Caribbean parents, at school in ‘proper English,’ and with her friends in a language that is as formal and rules-based as the other two.”