Allie who is of Chinese origin recounted a story about when she first went to school in the United States after immigrating from Australia. Her classmates teased Allie relentlessly because she spoke English with an Australian accent and she worked very hard to quickly drop it to adapt the American one. When speaking with her as an adult, Allie speaks American English and you would not know she had grown up first learning to speak Australian English unless you knew her family’s immigration history and background.
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